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  • The final stage in the life of my Sony A6000- its replacement (a Sony A6000) arrives tomorrow. I dropped the original in November- the body seemed to work ok so I replaced the lens. Recently, I was playing around with ICM and noticed 10 or so small black dots. It turns out that I had managed to get dust under the sensor ‘cover’. The technician…Read More

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  • The image below was easier- taken after sunset from Castletown Portland, from a jetty towards Chesil Beach.

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  • The ICM, on the challenge, was achieved using a 12 mm lens on a crop sensor Sony. I wanted a high key look to keep the image as ‘clean’ as possible. It needed quite a lot of cleaning up because even at 100ASA and f22 there wasn’t much time for movement- should have used an ND filter (at home in the drawer).

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  • I’ve walked for miles looking for frogs or any other sort of reptile. Apart from some very dead frogspawn at the bottom of my new pond- not a thing! Until I spotted this typically British statue commemorating town pairing with a French village. I assume they have a statue of Sunday lunch on their green!

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  • Now I need to refine the technique using colour swatches – looks like I’ll be playing for a few more days yet.

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About Me

Nigel West

I live in South Devon, next to the sea and within easy reach of Dartmoor. I am a lazy photographer preferring my bed to capturing sunrises. I aspire to Contemporary Photography but am still not quite sure what it is. I am technically proficient and aesthetically challenged. My artistic taste is predominently abstract. I like people and enjoy being involved in my local camera club.

Before, I was many things. I lived in Africa for a while as a volunteer then working in International Schools. I was a teacher (I seem to remember being qualified to teach science but I never really did that) – I specialised in children from 4 years old to 45 – not much difference in the two.

For a couple of years I taught A Level Photography in an Upper School to students whose talents so exceeded mine it was embarrassing! Mostly I taught maths but also English, French, History, Geography- actually, I hoped to teach people how to learn so that they didn’t need me! I worked with children with learning and behavioural difficulties- then their teachers- then their parents-then everyone else. I learnt a lot.

Now, I photograph what I want, most of it when travelling.