Steve Marquis

photography - my journey


Some images fit for a card? …

Well here's one off the bucket list. I took a series of long exposure shots outside the front door for my first Aurora mini time-lapse.

It's the first aurora I've ever seen!

No tripod? As a teenager I used to rifle shoot in an indoor range. One of the lessons was on breath control, relax, slow the breathing, hold your breath and take the shot. I used to shoot paper targets, now it's with a camera.

Post editing, my first efforts endeavouring the lightest of touches. Check out the the toolset for the applications I'm using.

Steam in perspective at Llangollen Railway

The captains cabin in Thurso

Picnic in the golden hour at Thurso

Windswept summer's evening on Halkyn Mountain in NE Wales.


A lovely evening for making some portrait wallpaper!

I'm restarting in photography, last time it was film and now we're in the digital age. Being digital, I can share the knowledge with you too.

There’s a really good news and information aggregator called Flipboard and I’ve used it whenever I’ve spotted a reasonable on-line article or tutorial on photography. Articles cover subjects from the techniques in different genres of photography to selecting equipment, basic skills and anything else that looks to be of interest to send us both up the learning curve.

There’s my kit list further down this item if you’re interested.

I’ll try and put together a list of tools I’ve come across below. I’m a keen supporter of open source software so you’ll tend to see me erring on the side of that. I love Unix but Windows is the platform I have at the moment, these are pretty much all multi-platform (even Mac!)…

I’ve been interested in photography since I first clapped eyes on my dads Kodak brownie and he let me take the occasional photo for us to develop. I eventually moved on through a few Kodak cameras and bought a fully-loaded Pentax Auto 110 SLR which was some eye opener and I saw where I wanted to take my photography. I eventually ended up with the Minolta 7000 AF and I knew (in amateur terms) how to use it.

Things moved on and I lost interest in (and the time for) photography as I was busy pursuing a career.

I recently had a big birthday and decided it was time to reacquaint myself with the art form. Boy was I in for a shock, it had all gone digital while I wasn’t looking!

And there’s more (click on the arrow)…