Although born and bred in Leicester in the English Midlands, I have spent a large part of my life in Berkshire, currently in a village on the northern edge of Reading.
Photography is just one of several interests I have, mostly outdoor related, and I particularly enjoy trying to capture the atmosphere of a beautiful landscape or getting up close to a wildflower or small insect. Having a mathematical mind rather than an artistic one means that I always have to work on my skills rather than finding it all comes naturally, but that for me is all part of the fun.
Having no dramatic features such as mountains or a rocky coastline, the area I live in tends to be overlooked by most photographers, which is perhaps a little bit unfair, although understandable. The purpose of this website is to show that there are interesting landscapes to be found not only here, but probably anywhere if you know where to look and when.
Most of the photographs you will see on this site were taken with a film camera, either an Olympus "OM" series camera, a Mamiya 645 or, more recently, a Hasselblad XPan for panoramic shots. The exceptions are a very small number taken with a digital compact or a digital 'bridge' camera. I have no feelings against digital SLRs, just that I still haven't decided which one to get!
I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I have enjoyed going out and taking them.
Photography and Web Design by Clive Ormonde
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