By Ian Howard
Ian Howard has won several photography competitions
It was only about five years ago that I seriously picked up photography moving from a compact to a digital SLR.
I entered the BBC Inside Out wildlife photography contest and was fortunate enough to be a runner up and was thrilled to see my photo appear on the show.
This made me realise that I needed a suitable environment to develop my photography and as a result joined Deal Camera club. This brought me into contact with some excellent photographers at the club and also the visiting judges, which allowed me to develop in the company of some great people.
This development culminated in my winning five trophies last year in the intermediate section of the club. I was fortunate enough to follow that up this year with a win in the monochrome section of the advanced section.
Having won several competitions including a John Lewis Travel competition I feel my work has reached a suitable standard that it can be appreciated by a range of people. I now show at local art exhibitions and I am looking forward to the exhibition at Ash Church between the 1 and 3 May.
I tend to prefer a more abstract style based around travel based subjects however I am always keen to try out new areas.
A wide angle lens helps bring out the dramatic sky over Margate's Dreamland
As for image treatment I have and do use some HDR (High Dynamic Range) but only to a limited level as it renders images unreal if over used.
Typically the images are as shot and then just cleaned up digitally. I like to try and capture a standard normal situation that people can't or don't capture or see themselves and this is where the HDR comes in.
Dramatic skies using a wide angle lenses also present the dramatic in the normal or by accentuating colours as in the Dreamland shot.
It is nice to take images that people look at and ask the question "what made you take it that way?"
My favourte artist is Anish Kapoor, with "The Bean" in Chicago being my favourite piece and my other top piece of art is the Chrysler building in New York.