Jan 7 2013 By Nicola Oakley
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Each week the Wirral News will turn the spotlight on a local artist or photographer. You can submit your photographs atwww.wirralnews.co.uk/yourgallery. This week we feature photographer George Evans from Saughall Massie...
Name: George Evans
Location: Saughall Massie
I'M A retired Wirral firefighter with a passion for photography, based on the Wirral Peninsula on Merseyside. I'm self-taught, becoming interested in photography rather late in life due to ill health.
No longer able to play golf due to arthritis, I needed another form of exercise to keep me fit for firefighting so I took up walking instead. Realising that taking a camera on my walks would be a good idea, I sold my clubs and bought my first camera.
Starting with a Sony F717 bridge camera which introduced me to the world of digital infrared photography through use of the cameras' "Nightshot mode" and an R72 infrared filter, digital also allowed me the room to make mistakes, delete the image and try again without the cost of printing.
The Sony F717 had an electronic viewfinder and being digital it was the perfect photographic tool for the beginner as it allowed me to instantly see the effect that changes made to the shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity and white balance were having on the image in the viewfinder before taking the shot. The live histogram also helped in this respect.
Quickly becoming hooked on photography, I bought my first DSLR camera, the entry level Minolta 5D and a few cheap Minolta lenses and gradually progressed to the enthusiast level Sony A700 with better quality lenses. My early interest in infrared photography resurfaced in 2010 with a Sony A200 DSLR which I've had permanently converted to the 720 nanometer wavelength of infrared and which is always in my bag.
Click on the link below to view a selection of George's work...