About

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On Luskentyre Beach, Eilean Siar

Welcome to the photographic website of Gary F. Smith, Gary is an amateur landscape and travel photographer based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UK.

Gary’s introduction to photography was his use of a gifted point-and-shoot camera, which he used for many years. Wanting to expand his knowledge of photography Gary bought his first DSLR, a Nikon D5100 (Retired, major failure as from Jul '21) back in 2013. Since then Gary has built up his kit bag with various pieces of equipment with additional lenses. The purchase of a full frame camera, the Nikon D810 came in early 2015.

Gary is self-taught through studying photographic periodicals showing various camera techniques of ‘how to…’settings and by getting out and about with the camera to put these learning's into practise, using photography guidebooks and hiking publications for different locations and times of day.

Gary specialises in capturing landscapes both at home, in the North of England and on his travels to Europe and sometimes beyond. Gary likes to get out when he can but sometimes that is not always possible as work commitments take precedence.


All photographs were taken in RAW format and processed in Adobe 'lightroom' & 'Nik Collection'.

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.

The camera, lens, and exposure used for each photograph is on the specific image page together with the filter and tripod if used.

I have set up the 'Nodal points' at various focal lengths for the 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses as I use these more than any other lens for panorama's. I then recorded a number of measurements at these focal lengths to prevent the 'parallax errors' of objects close to the lens.  

Camera Bodies: 

Nikon D810 / Nikon D5100 / Nikon D5300

Lenses:

Nikkor: 16-35 f/4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, 105 f/2.8 Macro, 50 f/1.8

Filters: 

Lee Graduated (ND Grad), Neutral Density (ND Standard) and Circular Polariser (Polariser) filters.

Nisi Graduated (IR GND), Neutral Density (IR ND) and Landscape Circular Polariser (C-PL) filters

Support:

Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, GSLVLS Levelling Base

Giotto VGRN8265 Tripod

Manfrotto 468MGQ6 Hydrostatic Ball-Head, 405 Geared-Head

FLM CB-38F II Ball-Head

Novoflex: L-Bracket, Panorama Q48 Base, Panorama 235 Plate, Castel-Cross Q Focusing Rack




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