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As you probably guessed I am one of the 'digital' guys. The didgital medium in photography has come of age in a relatively short time. All indications are that photographic equipment will get more and more advanced. This suggests more opportunities for those with an interest in this medium.

I tend to favour the lowest available ISO in low-light conditions, usually selecting relatively small apertures for the lens. This means that my equipment is essentially tripod mounted whilst making use of a cable release. This ensures that the camera is kept absolutely still during the long exposures I like to explore.

For those interested my current equipment consists of a Sony F828 (sensor: 2/3" type (8.8 x 6.6 mm) RGBE color filter array 2.7 µm pixel pitch), Lens: Carl Zeiss T* 28 - 200 mm equiv. (7x zoom) F2.0 - F2.8 Mechanical zoom. As well as a Sony R1 (sensor: 21.5 x 14.4 mm CMOS, 10.3 million effective pixels, 5.49 µm pixel pitch, 3:2 aspect ratio), Lens: 24 - 120 mm equiv., F2.8 - F4.8, Carl Zeiss T*, Mechanical linked zoom, 67 mm thread.

I shoot mainly in Raw to get the very best picture quality and for the range of post-processing options available.

Post processing is usually minimal and consists of use of the Sony Raw Software, Adobe Photoshop and sometimes DxO Optics Pro.

I should add that I have no HDR images on this site. While I quite agree that HDR images can be really stunning, I rather personally enjoy the challenge and opportunities presented using long exposures in lowlight conditions. In other words, capturing the shot in ONE exposure. As such I've never attempted an HDR image.