I am not a full-time professional photographer, just a keen enthusiast who probably spends more time with my camera than I should, but never as much as I would like! You can see my work at www.memaddock.com.
I don’t like to criticise others work, but prefer to praise what I like. I love photography, pretty much all my free time is taken up either researching or taking photos! As much as I love photography, I love the tech behind the scenes – I’m a techie geek, and it’s as much a part of it as taking pictures for me. Some people seem to think this is wrong and that it should be all about taking pictures and the final photo, but a classic car enthusiast doesn’t have to spend all his time driving to enjoy classic cars does he?!
I starting taking photos more seriously with an already old and battered second hand Zenith SLR I had bought from one of my teachers at secondary school for £10! I soon became hooked on it and used the Zenith until it died, which is when I upgraded to a Nikon f401 and became a life-long Nikon fan. Although my university degree was in IT, I spent almost all my spare time out with my camera, and the evenings developing and printing images in my room with the darkroom equipment I bought second hand from Jessops, in the days when Jessops was more like your local friendly knowledgable camera shop. I’ve since upgraded many times, made the switch to digital a long time ago, but still have that same passion for photography I did back then well over 20 years ago.
I’m currently loving the X-series of cameras coming from Fujifilm. I own an X100, and after realising this was a life-chaging moment for my photography, I sold all my other equipment to buy the mind blowing X-Pro 1 with the 3 available lenses, selling up of all my dSLR and other compact cameras in the process – yes, I had quite a collection! I now shoot almost exclusively with the X100 and the X-Pro 1 and spend a lot less time obsessing about gear.
This blog is entirely independent. It’s independently funded and written. I try to keep ads down to a minimum, but I do have the odd one here and there just to try to cover the cost of hosting the site. They don’t cover all hosting costs, but I’d prefer to pay the difference myself and have an interesting site rather than one covered in adverts – we’ve all seen those and they aren’t pretty! I’ll only ever endorse or place adverts for those things that I have used myself and I think are worth my own money buying.
Why don’t I see many negative reviews on this site? Well, it’s quite simple – if it doesn’t excite me, if I don’t like it, I don’t write about it! It takes a lot of time to write articles and review things, I’d prefer not to waste my time (and money) on something that’s doesn’t interest me! That doesn’t mean I won’t dish out a healthy dose of criticism when things aren’t up to scratch though.
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