About - eatshootfly

About Me

Adrian Davies - the king of studio work - took this shot with two flashguns. To the right and above slightly is an SB-900 shooting into an umbrella, and a handheld SB-600 lower left of shot to provide the highlight. As we weren't really using a proper studio (the back of the projector screen!) I used Photoshop to make the background more uniform. The edit probably isn't the best, I'm not so good at editing portraits.
A page about me? That shouldn't take long. Here we go though...

My entire career has been spent within the aviation industry, first for an airline and currently as an Air Traffic Controller at a busy UK general aviation airfield. I'm the holder of a Commercial Pilots Licence, although I don't fly anywhere near as much as I used to. To take the last part of my company name first, this is the FLY part of the name!

As for the SHOOT part of the name, well that'll be the camera then. My photography journey began back in my teenage years when I bought a second-hand Olympus OM-10 camera. I used it mainly for aviation photography and never was very good at it, so the camera eventually was sold on and I owned a series of point-and-shoot cameras used on holidays and pointing out of aircraft windows to varying levels of success. At the back of my mind was always the thought that I could take better pictures, more interesting pictures, but never really had the time to do more with it.

The change started to come with the purchase of a Nikon D40X a fair few years ago, and the passion for photography became more real. Still time was a limit and although my pictures improved, they were still not the best.

In 2011 I finally got onto a camera course, and upgraded cameras again to a Nikon D7000. This coincided with the start of my 365 days challenge which I successfully completed and the results are on this site. Through that year I experimented more and more, and upgraded my lenses to have a suite of f/2.8 lenses from 14 to 200mm. My pictures got better and better as the year went on and led to 2012 when I joined Buckingham Camera Club, and came a close third in the Photographer of the Year competition – missing out by just three points.

People ask about what I like to shoot and I don't really have an answer for them. I love night photography and the challenges that brings, and of course being involved in aviation means that turns up quite often in my photostream.

And what of EAT people ask? A quick look at my Bio picture should make that obvious and is how I came to become Eat • Shoot • Fly | Photography. I hope you enjoy my pictures, feel free to get in touch with any questions and I'd love to hear your comments on any of my work too.

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