Ian Henley - the Photographer
I have been a keen photographer for many years, starting with a Brownie 127. I was probably around 10 or so at the time! Didn’t understand much at all as to how it worked, bit it was fun! The excitement of sending off this magical little round can, awaiting the return of pictures and not knowing the outcome until the postman arrived.
From that first camera, we upgraded a number of times until I got to get hold my own Pentax ME Super. Now, that was a camera!
I really felt I had a ‘professional’ camera in my hands when I went out with this high tech piece of kit. It felt and sounded like a ‘vorsprung durch technik’ moment the first time I used it. Although that phrase wasn't popular then, the ‘click’ was surely a kind of Audi moment. Then, when these things called ‘trannies’ arrived, emotions ran from real excitement to sheer misery depending on the results.
After being employed as an IT Sales Executive for many years, I have since been a self-employed Web Designer for the last 13 years but I am now delighted to develop my skills and 'eye' into Professional Photography and start earning income from my one-time hobby.
The photographic equipment I have currently serves me well, although will be added to over time: -
- EOS 5D Mk III (To accompany my EOS 40D)
- EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod & 808RC4 Head
- Calamut wireless transmitter & receiver (for 580EX Speedlight)
- 3 Ultra-cool lights, 2 stands, 1 Boom stand, 3 x Backdrops & stand
- Interfit Strobies Modi-Lite Kit
- LightRoom CC
- Photoshop CC
Sometimes images don't have to be excessively complicated to be impactual and this one is a good example of exactly that. The lines of the bunting radiate outwards from the corner like sun beams in a very pleasing pattern of seemingly random colours in line. I like the deep blue and I like the saturation of the flags: this isn't a difficult shot but its unfussy execution is pleasing to the eye and that's why it works. On brief and simple.
- Stuart Freedman (Photocrowd 'Straight Lines' Competition Expert Judge - August, 2015)