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Desert Island Photos

This week at Desert Island Photos we are joined by club member Bob Hossack .

How long have you been a member of the club?

I joined about two years ago and I've enjoyed it immensely. The club is very friendly and you get great help from the more experienced members.

When did you first get into photography?

I first got into it when I was a young sea-going engineer but it was a bit of an on-off hobby and I didn't stick with it then, which is a great regret since I would love to have more pictures now of those days to look back on.

How would you describe your Photography?

In a word - eclectic. I'm not a specialist, I'll give anything a bash if it piques my interest.

What was your first camera?

A Pentax MX which I loved. It was a beautiful piece of miniature precision engineering.

What’s been your biggest waste of money on camera gear?

I don't spend too much on gear so nothing to regret too much. Best to avoid gear acquisition syndrome.

Be Honest - What kind of photography are you bad at?

Most of it but I've produced one or two nice shots. I'm still learning.

To Crop or Not to Crop?

If you crop it has to be in moderation. There will often be a good reason for getting in closer and that is best done when shooting rather than at post processing.

What’s the thing you enjoy most about photography?

There's a technical and creative side to the hobby which matches my personality I think, and there's also a kind of contemplative quality about going out to look for a good image which is quite peaceful. Just looking at things and trying to see the picture is a pleasant pastime.

What are you shooting with just now?

I have a Canon 750D. It's mostly matched with a Canon 15-85 mm image stabilised lens which gives really sharp shots as long as I get the focus and setup right. My other favourite lens is a Canon 50 mm f 1.8, very inexpensive and versatile.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking up photography?

Join a camera club. Don't get hung up on gear. A good image depends on the eye of the photographer more than it does on what he/she is shooting with. Make prints of your good images and put them on your walls and give them as gifts. Prints are good.