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What’s Tmma Photography about?

Tmma Photography features images mainly taken around the UK. There are landscapes from Scotland, England and Wales,  macro photos of insects and plants, a variety of wildlife. The 12 Pics  series is a dozen pictures on such varied themes as Skara Brae in Orkney to Rome and Pisa in Italy, with a few places in-between. We also have the lucky dip (for photos that don’t easily fit into the other albums) and Eyes Down – a collection of images from my son who has Down Syndrome.

There’s quite a variety here. Who takes all these pictures?

The images on this site are a family effort. Mostly by a nice bloke called Mark. Sometimes it’s his even nicer wife and sometimes his son. Mark wears several hats (in no particular order) being a husband, parent, carer and photographer. Back in 1983 his close friend Chris (who is now pointing his camera at the big landscape in the sky), not only encouraged him to pick up a camera but also introduced  the ‘magic’ of developing and printing. Over the years several darkrooms have ensued, developing films from 1/2 frame, 35mm and medium format equipment.

You could say I’m a generalist photographer. I don’t limit myself to one particular genre.

The Eyes Down album is a recent addition containing a selection of images taken by my son who has Down Syndrome.

Kodak DC200
Kodak DC200

OK nice to meet you Mark. How did you get into digital?

Thanks for dropping by! By 1999 I embraced digital photography with a one megapixel Kodak digital camera, the DC200. Someone I worked with showed me one. I was hooked. No space consuming darkroom and nasty chemicals required. Instead of feeling like a mole, I swapped the darkroom for a computer. Maybe not everyones choice but it worked or me.

Nikon D70
Nikon D70

By 2004 I acquired my first DSLR, a Nikon D70. Both cameras are still in working order and kept for sentimental reasons. The D70 can still produce acceptable results. The DC200 not so much.

Where do you take all these pictures?

I’m fortunate in a couple of respects. I’m lucky enough to live fairly close to several nature reserves and various woods. As a family we’ve also tended to take a lot of holidays, or go exploring in the UK. Weather permitting, most of the time there is more than enough to point a camera at. In due course the wife and I are hoping to make up for a lack of travelling abroad.

Can we use these images?

Of Course! Most of the images on this site are available for business, commercial or educational purposes. Use the Contact page and we can sort out a higher resolution copy as all images on the site are optimised for web use.

Is it OK to link to an article/ post / image on this site?

Sure it is. I won’t ask for a donation or even a coffee (black if your offering), just a working link to this site.

You don’t have a gear list!

No I don’t. What and how I shoot is different to the next person. What works for my photography may not work for you and vice versa. When I’m not using my smartphone I use a couple of bodies from 10-26mp, with sensor sizes from 1” to APS-C. A small range of lenses covering wide angle to telephoto and a Raynox close up adapter completes the set up. I have a tripod but don’t really use it that much. I only use three filters. A ND, graduated ND and a circular polariser.

There are certain situations where specialist (and expensive) gear will make getting a good shot easier. For most of us, most us of the time the gear isn’t the limiting factor. Sure marketing departments tell you otherwise, but don’t believe them. The only time you really NEED to upgrade is if your equipment stops you getting the shot.  If you WANT to get some gear fine……. but before going all magpie and getting that new shiny bit of kit think if a workshop or travel experience may be more beneficial.

Get in the zone and all your worries float away. Combine it with a day out in some nice countryside [insert your preferred location] and you will feel better for it.

This is all good – but tell us something about yourself.

Ok, I like scotch, doughnuts (the ones with jam in the middle, the one true doughnut), have a thing for pies and pasties and like a drop of real ale now and again.

I get more fun from going out taking photos rather than worrying about what camera I’m using.

I’m blessed with two wonderful sons and my darling wife has put up with my photography (and other bad) habits as long as we’ve known each other. She is very patient 😀.

Whatever equipment you use and subjects you shoot – enjoy yourself. It’s your journey. You decide.

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This site is a personal project and an extension of my photography hobby. There is no sponsorship, no affiliate links and no advertising. Links are provided as a courtesy.