Andrew J Brown – the Returning Photographer

Based in Suffolk, I have enjoyed photography since I took it up in 1986 after a trip to Andorra by train.

However, following mental health issues, I was to give it up in late 2012/ early 2013.

In 2018, I am ready to pick up a camera again and start to enjoy capturing what my eye sees, or what my mind imagines a scene would look like after a bit of processing.

I have chosen to use a FujiFilm X-T2 as my camera –¬† the 16-55 f2.8 LM WS & the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lenses to accompany it.

I have purchased a CamCase bag to carry my kit around in, and an all in one travel tripod/ monopod kit by Manfrotto as my 2 other important accessories I think are needed for me to explore the various subjects that are of interest to me.

As a luxury, I have also ventured in to the world of Filters by getting a Lee Filters 100mm start filter system. It’s not one of their foundation kits, it was one tailored to what I am most likely to make use of to start with.

This web site/ blog is the story about my attempt to regain the interest in photography that I valued so much for almost 27 years.

What I have found is that, as much as I retain the basic knowledge of exposing a picture according to the Shutter/ Aperture/ ISO triangle rules, almost everything else has been forgotten and so needs to be learned again. Also, with the rapid advancements in digital technology, many of the settings that used to be useful to other photographers when viewing an image, are no longer of value. An ISO setting with one manufacturer does not equate to a similar setting with another manufacturer.

Auto focusing is something I’ve never really had much joy with on my former Canon cameras – they all came with the basic 9 point focus system with a single cross hair in the middle of the screen (Even the ¬£2k + 5D2’s when released). The Fuji cameras come with a plethora of focus points of various types that allow me much more options when taking a picture. Some say that is cheating – I put it like this, when I was using film cameras that only has manual focus, I paid a lot of money to purchase and develop film just to find my prized shot did not work because the focus was that fraction off true, and so ruined (for me) an otherwise good or even great picture. Anything that helps me reduce the odds of getting pictures more correctly focused I’ll take.

The camera comes with an array of features that could allow me to try out ideas previously not thought off or even get that ‘lucky shot’ just by having the camera with me.

It’s all new to me again – which means it’s almost all experimental.

This is my journal  on my return to photography РI will include failings as well as successes and maybe ask questions of other photographers on things that may sound straight forward, but not for me.

Thank you for reading.


the tales and images of a returning photographer