Apart from historic photographs, unless otherwise stated, all photos on this site were taken by members of my family.
Please don't republish them without my permission. Thanks.
© 2008 Mark Collins
Photography has been an abiding interest since University days. I'm not a great expert on cameras, the various merits of different lenses/photographic paper or other technicalities. I just take a lot of pictures. I've put a few of my current favourites on the Album page. Others are scattered throughout the other pages.
I started in my teens with an inexpensive Zenith E camera which was stolen from me whilst on a Christian prayer weekend! Can you believe it? I replaced this with a Pentax ME Super which was stolen a few years later while holidaying in France. I had been so pleased with this camera that I immediately replaced it with one just the same, and still have it although it rarely gets used.
Most of my early pictures were taken on 35mm transparency film - I have thousands of slides as a result! When the children came along, my former wife, Jill, asked if we could take more prints as they are easier to share and casually view. As a result I now have approximately three thousand prints in albums.
During 2003 I completed a major project to scan all of my Father's 35mm transparencies so that they can be shared with other members of the family more easily. I have a Hewlett Packard PhotoSmart Photo S20 scanner which is much better than a flat bed for this type of activity. During 2004 I completed the scanning all of my own 35mm slides AND negatives - which was a huge undertaking. However it does mean all of my photos are available for me to use on web sites and to share with friends. Also I am finding I browse the electronic albums far more often than I ever looked at either the slides or prints.
More recently I have used digital cameras. Since my first digital camera, a simple point and shoot Kodak (taking images of 2 million pixels), I have migrated through a few different models. My newest camera, a Nikon D70 (Digital SLR) takes pictures of 6 million pixels. Consequently my storage requirements are now growing at a huge rate - I have over 80GB of photos on my computer now, and backing it all up is becoming a major problem (and expense!).
Key to photographers - MTC, yours truly - ARL, Alan - RCC, my father - ARC, my mother - UP, unknown