Moogerah photographer, Bill Forsyth, bought
his first SLR camera in 1979 in Windsor (UK) for 30 pounds secondhand. (A lot of
money for a traveller.) It was a Pentax manual 35mm.
With camera in hand,
Bill travelled overland from London to Calcutta recording the people, landscapes
and highlights, honing the art of reading light to get the best images, good
depth of field and focus with a manual camera. The Pentax was stolen in Goa,
India, with frames of a total eclipse on the film inside. Some time elasped
before a good camera was once again a prized possession.
This Olympus OM2
died several years ago, after surviving trips to Europe, Nepal, a Simpson Desert
crossing and numerous off-the-beaten-track journeys. Even though it had "auto",
Bill continued to shoot in manual, flicking sometimes to auto to check
In recent years, Bill "weakened and went digital". A Nikon is now
his weapon of choice. "I still shoot in manual, but now I can review...ah,
Bill, who lives on a hill overlooking Lake Moogerah, Mt Greville
and the Great Dividing Range, finds inspiration in the local landscape, its
ever-changing weather patterns and the different colours and moods the weather
lends to these iconic Fassifern landmarks.
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