About

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On Luskentyre Beach, Eilean Siar

Welcome to my photographic website, my name is Gary Smith and I reside in the county of Cumbria, UK.

Living in this county means that I am close to one of England's ten national park's; namely the Lake District National Park also known as 'the Lakes' and 'Lakeside' and has recently been awarded the UNESCO world heritage site status.

I had and used a point-and-shoot camera for a number of years, primarily for holiday snaps. Wanting to expand my knowledge of photography and to take better photographs I bought my first DSLR, an entry level Nikon D5100 (which I still use) in 2013.

With plenty of periodicals on the subject together with specialist know how photography books written by professionals in their field, my hobby began and has grown with additional equipment  and accessories accumulated over the preceding years.

I am an hobbyist / amateur photographer whose speciality is capturing landscapes both at home and on foreign soils, I also like to dabble in other genre's too as my galleries show.

I like to get out when I can but sometimes that is not always possible as work commitments take precedence.


All photographs within this site have captions and were taken in RAW format and processed in Adobe lightroom & 'Nik Collection'.

The captions briefly describe the who, why and what made me take that particular image together with locations and date.

No images have anything digitally added or removed, as my preference is to get it right as much as I can in camera first which allows for minimal processing, and for this purpose I prefer to use graduated (soft & hard) and/or ND filters to balance the scene, however, on occasions I have used bracketing to compensate for the extreme dynamic light range that a single image cannot achieve.  

Most images were taken with a tripod whether the scene required one or not.

All images have been taken with one of the following:

Camera bodies:

Nikon D810

Nikon D5100

Lens:

  • 16-35mm f/4G

  • 24-70mm f/2.8G

  • 70-200mm f/2.8G

  • 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G DX

  • 50mm f/1.8G

  • 35mm f/1.8G DX

Lee Filters:

  • hard and soft grads

  • 105mm CPL

  • 0.6 to 4.5 Neutral density

    Tripod

    Manfrotto 468MGQ6 hydrostatic ball head with Giotto Vitruvian VGRN8265 tripod

    Manfrotto 405 geared head with Gitzo GS3121LVL low profile levelling base and Gitzo GT3543XLS systematic tripod


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