C. Paul Carter – Photography

My portfolio can be found here: https://pcarter5b14.myportfolio.com

I’ve been interested in photography since 1975 when I borrowed a friend’s Ricoh and a couple of lenses for a time. Black & White film was available from my High School, and I shot roll after roll of nothing and everything. I kept the negatives in film canisters for many years afterward (they were developed but un-cut), and I have no idea what happened to them. Some of the prints survive to this day!

Dorval, QC in 1975

In the early ’90s, my father gave me his old Fujica ST SLR and a couple of decent M42 (screw mount) primes. I shot with this until the shutter died sometime soon after, and then picked up a nice Pentax Spotmatic and gear from an acquaintance getting out of photography. I did love this camera! Fully manual, and a simple spot meter. My favourite subject was the amazing landscapes of the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. I soon added a Pentax ES-II (a somewhat automatic version of the same camera), and a few more Ashai Pentax Super Takumar primes. Some of my favourite images were captured with this gear. I still have the Spotmatic and most of the M42 lenses. Amazing glass.

Bell Island, Newfoundland – shot 1993

Around 1995, I jumped to Nikon and purchased a used F90x — their prosumer SLR at the time. At first, I found it difficult to capture similar images to those I have captured with the Spotmatic, but I was starting to get there within a couple of seasons.

The rest of the camera gear progression is even more boring.

I currently use the Nikon D300 and D700 DSLR cameras, and an array of Nikon and Nikon F-mount compatible glass, from old non-AF primes to new-ish AF-S glass. This camera technology is nearly 12 years old (ancient in tech-years), but the cameras do what I want, and I can imagine happily using them for years to come. Good glass is where a good image starts — the rest is skill and artistry, which I’m still learning after nearly 35 years!

Holyrood, Newfoundland – shot 2016

About cPaul

Father: "He never amounted to anything". Mother: "Who the hell does he think he is"? Former Teacher: "Smart as a bag of hammers". Former Boss: "Condescending". Brother: "Mom loves me more".
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