Welcome to my world. A lot of you will know me as WesternGuy, a frequent contributor to a number of Photography Forums on the web. Unfortunately, this “handle” was not available, so I ended up with the closest one I could come up with. I may, in the future, decide to change my web handle to reflect this new blog, but for now, nothing changes. First some background on my world and why I decided to start this blog.
I have been taking pictures for over 50 years, not continuously, mind you, but some years more seriously than others and now that I have retired, it has become more serious. When I started at the ripe old age of about 8 years, about all I could afford was black and white film. As technology progressed and I had a few “after-school” jobs, I graduated to a better camera and the occasional roll of colour film. I have progressed from there to 35mm film and finally about seven years ago, I moved into digital photography. I am now on my third digital camera together with a reasonable variety of lens and assorted accessories. I suspect, sometime that I am the victim of GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
For the past year or so, I have maintained a Flickr account – http://www.flickr.com/photos/westernguy/ – where a large number of my images have been posted and then removed as they aged. A number of folks have indicated that they like my images and so I keep publishing them there as time permits. The other thing I have been involved in is providing, what I would like to think, is helpful critique and discussions on a couple of other photo forums. It would appear from the feedback I have received that the comments and critiques have been well received. It was this aspect, among others that got me interested in starting a blog.
One of the things I have noticed from offering critiques and answering questions on other forums is that there seems to be a lack of a place where folks can go and get some basic information – some information can be found on some sites, some on others, but there seems to be very few sites where some basic information is available to those looking for it. That is sort of what I will try and do here. What I will do is take questions and enquiries from other sites that I am part of and pick one of two to cover in subsequent issues of this blog. To start with, I will stick to publishing only weekly updates as I do not have the time to fit in a daily update, although that may change.
I do hope that those of you who visit will find my contribution of value and interest and that you will come back on a regular basis.
For now, I thank you for your interest and your patience as I start out on this journey.