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    Posted: 04 January 2023 at 16:52
One of Us #69: Andy81



Dyxum member Andy81 writes...


Iíve been a member on Dyxum for a number of years now, staggeringly since 2011. During this time Iíve been an occasional contributor at best (388 posts at the time of writing), so it was with great surprise that I was given the honour of being invited to contribute to the ĎOne of Usí series recently.

About me

As my forum name suggests, my name is Andy, Iím 41 and live in the South East of England, about halfway between Reading and Guildford. I work as a tax accountant for a leading professional services firm based on London, and have lived in the South East pretty much all my life (the only exceptions being the first 6 months of my life spent in the North West, and 3 years at university in Bath).

A rare photo of me, taken in the Lake District, 2012



Unlike many of the longstanding members of this forum, I didnít grow up in a family which was particularly interested in photography. Whilst I enjoyed using my dadís Olympus (I think it was a Trip 35), and later his Polaroid instant camera, my first ever camera happened to be a free 126 film novelty camera from a print store. Nevertheless, it was mine! I loved the process of taking the photos and then waiting to get them back from the developer, even if a worryingly large number had Ďquality controlí stickers on them due to poor focus or a finger over the lens!

I progressed onto point and shoot 35mm cameras, and then in 2003 I bought my first digital camera, a Pentax Optic S. The best thing about it was that it was the size of a credit card, so good for nights out at university.

The world of Sony

I bough my first Ďproperí camera in 2007, when I acquired a Sony A200. At the time, my main reason for buying it was that I was fed up with the shutter delay on early point and shoot digital cameras, and so thought an SLR was the way forward. Once I had it though, I was hooked, and decided to learn to use it properly. I raided Ebay for some old Minolta lenses - the 50/1.7 and Beercan, all of which lasted me for a few years.

In those early days, I was keen to shoot anything, but the main focus was landscapes. After a few years, I acquired better glass, including a Sigma 24-70 f2.8, and the Sony 70-300g, as well as upgrading the camera to an A580 and then an A77.

2. My first inclusion in a weekly exhibition, getting POTW in the process



3. And one from Umbria, Italy


At this stage of my photography journey, my main interests were landscapes, and our honeymoon in 2016 provided some great opportunities.

4. Dawn over Annapurna, Pokhara, Nepal


5. My wife playing with a Monkey in Kathmandu


6. Rafting on the river Seti


7. Dawn in Agra


8. At the Taj Mahal



My camera and lens collection continued to grow, reaching its largest when I went to South Africa for a holiday (including a short safari), when I added an A77II and 70-400g.

9. Cape Town


10. Hermanus


11. Hunting lioness


12. Zebra


At this stage, I had ended up with 2 camera bodies, and around 8-9 lenses. Whilst a relatively small collection compared to some on the forum, I was conscious that some of the kit only got used very occasionally, and I was also aware of the impending demise of A mount.

Transition to E mount

Around a year later, I decided to slim the collection down, and migrated to E mount, with an A7rII and a set of primes.

13. A quiet Moray Firth


14. Lovat Lane


At this stage, and with our sone having arrived around 6 months earlier, I decided to focus a bit more on portraiture. My wife had already treated me to an studio intro course, and so I put this to use, doing more indoor and outdoor portraiture than anything else.

15. Emily


16. Retro 60s style


17. Roswell


18. 1920s theme


19. Look into my eyes


20. The singer


21. Kristine


A few years later, and Iím now using an A9, and have another growing collection of glass (Iíve promised my wife Iíll sell some of it soon)! Iíve kept up my interest in landscapes, and also tried a bit of still life and wildlife (inspired by joining a local camera club in the last year or so) and sports.

22. Tŵr Mawr lighthouse


23. Fairy Glen


24. Radioactive wine glasses


25. Tea shot


26. Kestrel


27. Racing at Thruxton


Looking into the future, Iím still really enjoying portraiture, but also plan on doing more sport work. Iíve plenty of shooting years ahead of me - looking forward to them!


 



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Very nice story, short and to the point, and with stunning images. Coming in under the radar there, with an amazing set for us to admire here!
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Concise, great selection of images, well done
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harm vb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2023 at 20:28
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

Concise, great selection of images, well done

+1!
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Love the excellent work
start posting more often
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Excellent photos (I recognized many of them, prove that they made a great first impression)
Both portraiture as landscape delivered stunning results.
Well deserved OOU recognition
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2023 at 08:34
I can only echo these comments!
well deserved
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 January 2023 at 03:02
Congrats on being selected to OOU!
Nice story and nice set of pics; some of which I recognize.

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Great story and a thoroughly deserved OOU, great pictures too
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mariuszlo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2023 at 00:38
Great story!
Photography brings out the best in you!
Ingenuity, artistry, workshop, etc...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2023 at 11:40
Congrats and welcome to the club Andy!
Well deserved. A very nice set and story, showing your skills and talent in a wide range of photography
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2023 at 14:04
Thanks for sharing your story, Andy! "Look into my eyes" is one of my all-time favorites on Dyxum.

Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sdblanchet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2023 at 16:42
Congratualtions on OOU
As others said, very impressive shots.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2023 at 05:55
A well deserved OoU-exhibition! My congratulations to your outstanding photographic work! I recognized quite many of the photos in the exhibition - in particular your brilliant portraits and my all-time favorite in terms of photographic magic: #23!

But quite a number of photos I see here for the first time - and they show the admirable diversity of your subjects!

I very much hope to see more of your fine work in the future!
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