MARK WALDEN

LIFE THROUGH MY LENS

Hi,

     My name is Mark Walden I live in a little town called Burntwood in the UK and I have been interested in photography for more years than I care to remember. My 1st camera was a Canon AL1 which at the time was fantastic piece of equipment and gave me a good start in learning the basics of photography. After a while I found that my eyes were not the best and brought a Minolta 7000 which was the 1st auto focus SLR which I thought was brilliant and helped me get my pictures a lot sharper, after this I moved up to the Minolta 9000 still a auto focus camera, but the pro model which gave me more control over the pictures that I wanted to take the only draw back was the weight as the motor drive that attached the the camera body took twelve yes 12 AA batteries. Then my best mate brought a Canon EOS 600 and the difference in the quickness when on auto focus was dramatic, so dramatic that I sold all my Minolta equipment and purchased a brand new Canon EOS 50E and lens to match, this cost me a small fortune as it meant getting rid of all the Minolta lens, flash guns and other bits and pieces and I am sure that most of you will know that you do not get a lot for 2nd hand gear.

The 50E served me well for a number of years until the introduction of digital cameras. I then purchased a Canon EOS 10D and found that the pictures I got are inline with what I would expect from a camera that was a very good DSLR at the time. Now it seems funny how expensive it was considering what you can get for the same amount of money now a days, but I suppose that it was new technology at the time and that's what you pay for in recent times I have also owned 2 No. Canon 20D & a Canon 1DS mkII, but I now use a Canon 5D MKIII a Canon 7D.

I also use a Canon USM 100mm macro lens, Canon 100-400mm L IS lens, Canon 24-105mm L IS lens, Canon 16-35 f2.8 II L  lens, Canon 70-200 f4 L lens, Sigma 12-24 f4.5/5.6 lens and a Canon 1.4x mkll extender.

I also have a Canon 20D which was converted in the UK to infrared which gives a different take on my images.

I have now added the Canon M5 camera with the "M" fit lenses to my kit, this is used for when I want to travel light photographing cities.

As for printing I used to do all my 35mm film printing in the loft at my old house spending hours and hours and coming out at the end of the night with one picture that was just okay, but now with digital it is nice to sit in a nice warm room with the light on and without the smell of chemicals. I used to use a Epson 2400, but this gave up the ghost at the end of August 2013 and made me purchase a Canon Pixma IX6550 which I use for printing personal images. PC wise I use a Windows 64bit system with 8GB of ram and a 2.2 quad processor which is very quick this is linked to a Samsung SyncMaster 320px which is a 32" flat LCD monitor which due to it's size is fantastic for Photoshop.

When I 1st started my main interest was wildlife, but over the years my photography has changed so much and now I am willing to point my camera in the direction of anything to get a picture that inspires me.

In the past 4 years I have teamed up with two other local photographers and have photographed over 45 weddings which I enjoy.