For Those Who Would Like To Know A Little More About Me

In a nutshell

Hello there.  My name is Chris and I am a full-time stay at home father to 2 amazing kids and proud husband to my working wife Debbie.  To help try and contribute financially to the household I have considerably improved my camera setup to enable me to capture images in my free time, hopefully worthy of selling as prints online.  Favourite images of mine can be found in the Lake District and my  Scottish Highlands portfolio, I just love shooting photography in those locations and literally can’t get enough of the surroundings when I am there.

Here on my website you will find my ever growing collection of Landscape and Abstract images.  These are available to purchase as prints only, or you may like to purchase them as gallery quality framed prints, or even on Canvas.  You may just want to browse my images for inspiration on your next project.  I will also provide tips and reviews of photography equipment in the coming months.  There’s something for everyone.  Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!  If you would like to know a little more about me or the equipment I use, then please read on.  I’ll try my best to be brief.

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Obstacle to overcome  . . .

To begin with, for those interested, the image at the top of the page was taken from the summit of Ben Nevis.  So well done if you got that right.

So on with letting you know a bit more about me.  To begin with, it’s quite ironic that I love Photography so much. Almost 30 years ago now, I was told by a teacher in school that I would never be an electrician, a driving instructor or a photographer.  I remember it well.  Why?  Because I was told the news, after having tests, that I was colour blind. I did find this to be quite an obstacle when getting into Photography at first. Then I noticed a few photographers on Flickr, including Angus Clyne, whose images were absolutely stunning despite the fact that they were colour blind too. Angus said that his condition brought so much added interest to his photography, especially when post processing that he thought it made his images better. I hope this comes across in my images too, and makes me stand out from the crowd, even if it’s in a small way.

Early equipment

My interest in photography began with a Canon 450D a few years ago now, with the standard 18-55mm kit lens. Having bought a £20 second hand tri-pod and some very sub standard Tian-Ya filters from eBay I thought I was sorted. Needless to say I wasn’t entirely happy with the results I was achieving. So I quickly became disillusioned and left the camera to gather dust until I could afford something of better quality. A couple of years ago, I had saved up enough money to purchase the Canon 6D and to improve my other accessories too. At that time I bought a mid priced manfrotto aluminium tri-pod and a couple of Formatt Hi-Tech filters, and the Canons 17-40L series wide angle lens. I was so happy with the results I was then getting and I caught the bug in a big way. This set up allowed me to get an image printed in Digital Photo magazine and I even got paid £50 for it. Truth be told, I would have paid £50 to have it in there, but don’t tell them that! I was thrilled.

Family life and circumstances

Then baby no.2 came along and we decided that I would stay at home and look after our two children full-time, even home educating them too, so time is very precious now.  That’s when we decided as a family to make a life changing move from Yorkshire to beautiful Scotland. Newton Stewart to be more specific. This means that I am now less than 2 hours from the amazing Lake District and under 4 hours from my favourite place in the UK, Glen Coe. Not forgetting, of course, I now live within minutes of some truly breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery in Dumfries and Galloway.

With the sale of our house in Yorkshire, and the help of some truly amazing and generous friends and close family, I have recently improved my equipment even further.  With large scale prints in mind, I opted for the stunning 50 mega pixel Canon 5DSR.  I have invested in 2 new lenses. The 16-35mm L series wide angle lens from Canon which is super sharp. I also have a 70-200mm L series telephoto lens from Canon that I absolutely love too.  I now have a carbon fibre Manfrotto tri-pod and ball head combination to help when hiking great distances. My filter set now consists of a full Lee soft and hard set of graduated filters, together with the Lee Big and Little stoppers. I also have the Lee landscape polariser and Lee foundation holder kit.

In conclusion

I hope I haven’t gone on too much, but I feel it’s really nice to get to know the person, especially online, if you have intentions of buying some of their work.  I hope to be adding many many more images in the near future so please come back soon.  If you go on to purchase any of my work then may I say a huge thank you from both myself and my family.  If you ever want to get in touch to ask me anything then please do so via the contact page.  All the best for now – Chris

Kit List

  • Canon 5dsr
  • 16-35mm Canon L Series Wide Angle Lens
  • 70-200mm Canon f/4 (non is) Zoom Lens
  • Manfrotto 055MF3 Magfibre Tri-pod
  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ6 Ball Head
  • Lee Foundation Kit
  • 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 Lee Soft Grad Filters
  • 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 Lee Hard Grad Filters
  • Lee Little Stopper (6 stops)
  • Lee Big Stopper (10 stops)
  • Lee Landscape Polariser
  • Lee Filter Holder Pouch
  • Lee Wide Angle Ring Adapters
  • Shutter Release Cable

“Absolutely love the Print you provided of my two children. It really makes me smile every time I walk past it in the hallway, thank you so much!”

Mrs Wright

“So glad I found CJ Smith photography. Brilliant service, so patient to make sure you get just what you want. I opted for a Canvas print of Glen Coe and it is BEAUTIFUL could not have been more pleased.”

Mary Neal

“WOW..!!! CHRIS HAS BEEN EXTREMELY HELPFUL…SUPER EFFICIENT SERVICE WITH AN AMAZING HIGH QUALITY FINAL PRODUCT…HUGE THANKS!!! 5 STARS”

Ffion Cunnah

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