Featured Nikon Club Photographer - Peter Thwaites (Diamond_Fingerz)

Date Published: 1/5/2012
Category: Behind the Nikon Cameras

 1. How did you get started in Photography?

Playing around with my Dad's manual focus SLR when I was about 10, taking photos of birds!
2. What range and models of equipment do you use? 
All but one of my photos here were taken on a D5000 with the 18-55mm kit lens. I use Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 for Mono conversions.

3.  What is your favourite subject(s)?
My photos tend to fall into one of two categories - simple studies of nature, focusing on shapes or colours; and pictures of buildings, architecture, and the human side of our environment - these pictures are often more complex. I like to capture the blur and busy-ness of the human world.
4. How did you know about Nikon Club Malaysia?
I found it via Google - I was looking for groups to join to take photos here in Penang.

5. Can you describe briefly of your images. (Please select up to 10 images)

Smile - this was taken in Chaing Mai, Thailand. The gentle smile of this Buddha, and the flash of colour in the robes, really caught my attention.

Fishes - I was trying to create a simple image of bamboo on my balcony - the image I had in my mind was a simple Chinese ink-on-silk painting. I used Silver Efex to help me achieve this.

Swirls - I love the shapes that nature creates - they have a mixture of complexity and simplicity which is rare in man-made structures.

The Crow - This is one of the first pictures I took that I ever felt satisfied with. I like images of animals that do something other than a typical close-up - I like them to show the relationship between the animal and the environment.

Myanmar Temple Blur - A lot of the images I took in Myanmar are blurry - it's such a busy place, constantly moving and restless. I love the variety of life you can see outside this temple.

White Ladder - This is a car park in Penang. That jagged shape of the stair well in the centre is very different to the smooth shapes you find in nature.

Curves - Another man-made structure full of sharp and unexpected shapes. It's actually a water silo, lit from below right.

Blossom - This was taken on a visit home to the UK. These trees blossom early, and reminded me of Japanese sakura.

Delicate - As soon as I saw these flowers on Penang Hill, I knew exactly how I wanted my image to look - I only took 2 shots. That's unusual for me - I normally take a lot of photos and erase the majority of them before I find one I like!

Sunrise - I took this image with an old Russian 58mm lens, which is why it's so blurry! The colours of sunrise that morning were wonderful.

Meditate - This is a long exposure - around 30 seconds, I think. If the monk hadn't been sitting incredibly still, it would never have worked!

11 - This is from Chiang Mai. We got to this temple early and the mist added a sense of mystery. I was drawn to the contrast between the shapes of the trees and those of the temple.

6. Do you have a favourite place for your photography? 
No - anywhere is fine! I find it's more important to have strong ideas than to travel widely. Some of my favourite pictures have been taken of the plants on my balcony; on the other hand, I've visited some spectacular places but not managed to take any inspiring photos! If you look closely and have imagination, you can find strong images anywhere.

7. What do you like most about photography?
Related to the above question - photography teaches you to see things. We can sometimes be very busy in life and fail to notice the beauty of what's around us. Photography helps me to slow down and open my eyes.