I was also a professional television cameraman, employed by London Weekend TV and Granada TV before going freelance in 1997, though now retired. My interest in railways was encouraged by my father from the age of about 2 years old in the Sheffield area, I first took up railway photography (Black & White) as a schoolboy hobby in 1962, this interest in photography leading me into television eventually. I started taking 35mm colour slides in 1963 on a Voigtländer Vito CLR camera which saw me through to the end of steam in the UK in 1968. I then began travelling abroad in search of steam and upgraded to Pentax SLRs, on which the majority of my 30 odd thousand colour slides have been taken. I started in the digital field with the Pentax *istD digital SLR some years ago. After a few years I upgraded to the Pentax K20D Digital SLR, and then upgraded again to the Pentax K-5IIs DSLR. My latest camera is the Pentax K-1 full frame DSLR, I'm looking forward to using these cameras in conjunction from now on! 35mm Slides and Negatives on this site are scanned with a Minolta DiMage Scan Elite 5400 film scanner, prints are scanned using an Epson Perfection 1260 flatbed scanner. Like others, I hope to be able to publish a selection of my photos from over the years, hopefully for everyone's enjoyment! This will take a while, so please bear with me...
My second photographic book has just been released for sale by Pen & Sword!
This is a high quality photo book of 160 pictures, the vast majority in colour, single photo to a page with comprehensive historical captions. The first book covered much of the Southern Region of British Railways, this one features the London Midland Region, future editions will cover the Western and Eastern Regions, including a few Scottish pictures in the London Midland and Eastern books.
Most of the pictures are my own work, taken when I was still a schoolboy, a few are from my collection of original slides to fill in gaps I wasn't able to cover myself - some of the pictures also feature on this site.
The book is available as a traditional hardback and also has Kindle and ePub versions - click on the cover photo above to take you to the appropriate area of Pen & Sword's website.
Many Thanks, Geoff Plumb