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Jim Gear
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I first started taking photos 1959 when I used to follow motor racing, taking many spectacular photos of crashes - it was exciting and I loved it. I purchased 36 exposure film and would take my photos and only when I had taken all 36 pics, not a shot less, would I take the film to the local chemist to be processed. I’d then have to wait a whole week to see the results when I went to collect them and paid my money. A week! Now I only have to wait seconds to see how my photographs turn out. Back then my camera was a Zenit, which was made in Russia, but it served me well. After a few years I stopped taking pictures to concentrate on my family but I was also a very keen angler and I won many fishing matches. I was even on on television and radio and was captain of the Division One National Team for fifteen years. At one point I even broke the record on the River Trent for the biggest match weight ever caught - it was 109lb and that’s a big fish I can assure you. I was also successful in my working career, being on the Board of Directors at Wimpey Homes where I was Production Director. Then, about twelve years ago, I bought a new camera - a Sony A1 - and started to learn all about digital photography. I started photographing everything with no real direction or purpose so I decided to join Wolverhampton Photographic Society. I entered the competitions they held and submitted mainly landscapes, portraits and wildlife photographs. At the end of my first year I progressed from being a Novice worker to Advanced and in 2014 I entered and passed the CPAGB awards for photographic merit, so now I have letters after my name! Today, I have moved-on to concentrating on wildlife photography which I find to be extremely challenging and rewarding.
Jim Gear Sony A850 :  35mm, 1/125sec, f/10, ISO-100, 1 step No Image Data Available No Image Data Available Sony ILCA-77M2 :  100mm, 1/160sec, f/9, ISO-1250, 0 step No Image Data Available No Image Data Available No Image Data Available Sony ILCE-9 :  400mm, 1/500sec, f/5.6, ISO-500, 0 step No Image Data Available Sony ILCA-77M2 :  420mm, 1/2500sec, f/4.5, ISO-1250, 0.3 step
Barn Owl
Bullfinch & Goldfinch Fighting
Fighting Goldfinches
A Winter’s Walk
Field Mouse
Kestrels Kissing
Butterfly
Unique Image of a Goldfinch Fight
Kingfisher
Diving Kingfisher
Copyright © Wolverhampton Photographic Society 2018
Supported by the National Lottery
No image or design on this site may be copied or used in printed form or digitally without permission and all photographs remain the property and copyright of the original photographer.
I first started taking photos 1959 when I used to follow motor racing, taking many spectacular photos of crashes - it was exciting and I loved it. I purchased 36 exposure film and would take my photos and only when I had taken all 36 pics, not a shot less, would I take the film to the local chemist to be processed. I’d then have to wait a whole week to see the results when I went to collect them and paid my money. A week! Now I only have to wait seconds to see how my photographs turn out. Back then my camera was a Zenit, which was made in Russia, but it served me well. After a few years I stopped taking pictures to concentrate on my family but I was also a very keen angler and I won many fishing matches. I was even on on television and radio and was captain of the Division One National Team for fifteen years. At one point I even broke the record on the River Trent for the biggest match weight ever caught - it was 109lb and that’s a big fish I can assure you. I was also successful in my working career, being on the Board of Directors at Wimpey Homes where I was Production Director. Then, about twelve years ago, I bought a new camera - a Sony A1 - and started to learn all about digital photography. I started photographing everything with no real direction or purpose so I decided to join Wolverhampton Photographic Society. I entered the competitions they held and submitted mainly landscapes, portraits and wildlife photographs. At the end of my first year I progressed from being a Novice worker to Advanced and in 2014 I entered and passed the CPAGB awards for photographic merit, so now I have letters after my name! Today, I have moved-on to concentrating on wildlife photography which I find to be extremely challenging and rewarding.
Photographer in Focus Jim Gear
Photographs on this page are Copyright © Jim Gear
Jim Gear
Click on a photo to view it larger and see a slide- show of the images on this page
Sony A850 :  35mm, 1/125sec, f/10, ISO-100, 1 step No Image Data Available No Image Data Available Sony ILCA-77M2 :  100mm, 1/160sec, f/9, ISO-1250, 0 step No Image Data Available No Image Data Available No Image Data Available Sony ILCE-9 :  400mm, 1/500sec, f/5.6, ISO-500, 0 step No Image Data Available Sony ILCA-77M2 :  420mm, 1/2500sec, f/4.5, ISO-1250, 0.3 step
Barn Owl
Bullfinch & Goldfinch Fighting
Fighting Goldfinches
A Winter’s Walk
Field Mouse
Kestrels Kissing
Butterfly
Unique Image of a Goldfinch Fight
Kingfisher
Diving Kingfisher
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