What’s Tmma Photography about?
Tmma Photography features images mainly taken around the UK. There are landscapes from Scotland, England and Wales. We have macro photos of insects and plants and 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.
The Eyes Down album is a recent addition containing a selection of images taken by my son who has Down Syndrome.
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.
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 close to several nature reserves and various woods. 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.
What and how I shoot and use the end images is different to the next person. What works for my photography may not work for you and vice versa. I take pictures for the fun and enjoyment of being out and about.
Images on this site have been taken with a range of older bodies from 10-26mp, with sensor sizes from 1” to APS-C and every so often a smartphone. I’m currently using a m43 system with some prime lenses and a couple of zooms. In 35mm efov terms that covers 28 to 400mm. For some reason I don’t really get on with anything wider than 28mm on a ILC camera despite having tried a few times.
The main cost of shedding weight and bulk is limiting myself in low light and dynamic range, compared to full frame. I don’t print big and have never felt I needed a full frame digital setup. Some might say you have little scope for post image cropping. True, but shouldn’t you rely on good / better compostion?
Everything is a compromise. We are blessed with a wide range of gear today. You just need to figure what does or doesn’t work for you.
I have a travel tripod but don’t really use it that much. Because of my small kit a mini tripod is permanently with me. With a handy fence post, boulder or wall I’m good for most situations. 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. Getting a great photo is the icing on the cake.
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 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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