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Ian Cook

 20th May 2019

I would like firstly like to thank Mike and the team. For allowing me to share my story. Regarding how I started with my hobby with photography and hope you enjoy the following. I purchased my first SLR camera in 1977. It was an Olympus OM 1 camera. 

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I bought it to photograph mainly dogs at dog shows. That I attended at the time. Kind of a hobby within a hobby. I took many photographs and slides. This went on for some years and I learned the basics of photography. Such as depth of field and how different settings affected the picture.

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 I stopped going to the dog shows sometime later. Also the desire for photography sadly also ended. The camera being left in a cupboard for some years. Fast forward to 2005. A friend of mine purchased a Nikon camera and sent me some photos he had taken. I thought I might like to get back into photography once again. The technology had moved now to digital. Not knowing what make or model of camera to buy. I asked for some recommendations. I was recommended to buy an entry-level camera. 

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The one that got the most recommendations was the Pentax K100D. So I went to my local camera store and purchased it with the kit lens. I still went to the odd dog show but found my main interest. Was in wildlife and landscapes. I came across Mikes website some years later and started to watch his tutorials. One of the first things that drew me back to watching more videos. 

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Was his enthusiasm for the game. I learned quite a bit from the tutorials. One tutorial that springs to mind is the use on leading lines. Which I look to incorporate in a photo whenever possible. I also learned to slow down and think a picture though.

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Looking for different angles to get the best results. Sadly due to spinal problems, I don't get out with the camera now. Which I miss but do always enjoy the latest videos shared on the site. I wish Mike and the team every success for the future. I also look forward to enjoying more videos and continue to learn more from them.