David Kramer

11.04.2011 in13:40 in Miscellaneous -->


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Thank you for coming to look at my gallery of photos. I hope you enjoy looking through. Each folder includes a selection of pictures I feel carry either some creative or technical merit, or simply hold good memories. It therefore also serves as a kind of diary of my explorations and travel. My entry into photography as a serious hobby was slightly unusual, in that I was seeking a way to record the wonderful experiences I enjoyed while SCUBA diving around the world. I started off by purchasing a manually operated Nikonos style underwater film camera. Since then I sought to teach myself through trial and error, while reading about techniques from books, magazines and online articles. Creative inspiration has come from exhibits of prominent artists and competition winners, but also from the wonderful amateur/enthusiast work presented on websites such as this one, 1x.com and many others. In 2004 I got my first DSLR complete with an underwater housing. While making progress in this area I diversified my interests to include wildlife, landscape and general travel photography. I greatly respect photographers who have developed a ‘signature’ style, which can be achieved both at capture by choosing a certain subject type and equipment (see the wide angle, long exposure seascapes of Kah Kit Yoong on this website) or alternatively with digital alteration in photoshop (for example the amazing lighting seen Rarindra Prakarsa’s rural Indonesian scenes). For the time being, I am maintaining a flexibility in approach and carry a range of lenses, and make creative decisions based on the subject matter and light before me. This applies as much to roaming a foreign city, rainforest or climbing a mountain, or preparing to roll off the back of a boat into a tropical sea to explore a reef. The advent of affordable, high quality digital cameras combined with the removal of advanced processing techniques from the darkroom onto desktop computers has revolutionised photography. I feel the instant compositional and exposure feedback available on the LCD screen and much less restricted number of exposures has led to greater experimentation and a faster learning curve. These factors, along with the vast numbers of new people taking up this hobby has meant that standards at the high end of the spectrum have been pushed to an incredible level. Some photographers here achieve amazing results using novel equipment, techniques, lighting, digital processing and seeking out undiscovered subjects. Seeing their work creates the incentive for me to aim for a higher standard in my pictures. Fairly recently I invested in a desktop photo printer bringing the entire work-flow of producing photos under my control. Using a colour-calibrated monitor and high quality print paper produces fantastic and relatively predictable results. There is real pleasure to be had in having a *real* print to display rather than just a hard drive full of images. In addition, having a carefully stored set of prints (along with separate HDD backups) is the best way to mitigate against the disaster of a hard drive failure.

Underwater creation…

Underwater footage…