I have always had a passion for photography, and for nearly fifty years it has been one of my main interests. It all started with a Kodak box camera way back when, but since retirement, I have been able to devote much more time to photography, exhibiting locally and at various international salons.
Subjects which interest me include night photography, landscape, abstract and architecture as well as the odd bit of macro photography and wildlife – pretty much anything in fact. I am inspired by the natural forms that I see in traditional landscapes as well as the dramatic and graphic shapes of the city and all its opportunities to indulge in my love of texture, abstract shapes and patterns. There is a lot of satisfaction in finding a simple subject with all the elements of shape, colour and composition – but so much easier said than done!
As a retired engineer I also have a fascination with machinery and equipment and how things work; my focus stacker project is a way to have fun with building something useful in connection with my hobby of photography – something on a scale that would fit on the dining room table, as opposed to the trains that I had been used to designing and which require a bit more space! I thought that it might be interesting to document my trials and tribulation as I went along – hence the blog. One thing led to another. I am now quite interested in entomology, mould and mosses!
I hope you enjoy my work and thank you for looking at this blog and the images in my galleries: I have enjoyed making them.
You can see more of my images on my [Flickr!](https://www.flickr.com/photos/pics-by-mike/) photostream.