Tim McCarthy

IMG_5127-2Tim McCarthy has been a member of Corio Bay Camera Club since 1985 and is our long serving treasurer.  Tim was elected to the position of Vice President in 1987 and went on to be President in 1988 and 1989. He has been the Treasurer since 1990, apart from 1994 and 1995, when he again took on the role of Vice President. Tim was recently recognised for his services to the club with a Life Membership…

How did you get into photography?

My interest in photography began in Year 11 at school when I took photography as an elective. First, we learnt how to load our own Black and White film into canisters. Then they gave us a Pentax K1000 and told us to go out and photograph anything we liked. We came back and learnt how to develop our films and how to print black and white photographs. These first photographic attempts were collated to form a portfolio.

When I left school, I started an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner with the Ford Motor Company. For the next 5 years, that was my life – working and studying. Thinking that there had to be more than working, I decided to travel around this great land of ours. I thought I needed something to record my travels so I bought my first camera; a Minolta X-700 with Tamron 28-50mm and 75-300 zoom lenses. After one of my trips, I was showing photos at a family gathering when my cousin, Chris Wallace, then a Corio Bay member, suggested that I join a camera club, so I joined in April 1985.

What are your favourite subjects and/or locations?

I like machinery so one of favourite subjects when I can find them is steam trains. I like to get in close and take photos of the workings. I find that more interesting than the whole. I like to show people that there are different ways to see sometimes mundane objects. I try to do this by getting in close and taking photos of parts of the objects, or by taking a photo through other objects and using different angles.

What sort of gear do you use and have you used in the past?

While I was happy taking photos with my Minolta gear, after I married Sandra I decided to change over to Pentax as both Sandra and her father Colin Klein owned Pentax gear. We decide that it would be good to share our equipment. I bought a Pentax MZ 50. Unfortunately all our camera gear was stolen out of the boot of our car. We replaced that equipment with Canon cameras and lenses. Shortly after this I had the opportunity to buy a second hand Canon EOS 1N (film camera) from the Geelong Advertiser.

My next equipment change came when I began my adventures with digital photography. I bought a Canon EOS 400D with 18-55 mm and 70-300 mm lenses. I recently bought a Canon 5D MKII, with Tamron 24-70 mm and Canon 100-400 mm lenses. This has rejuvenated my love of photography and has me entering competitions more often.

What do you think is your greatest photographic achievement?

My greatest photographic achievement, I believe, is just picking up the camera in the first place and going out and taking photos. I have seen a lot of members progress in their photography over these years and yes, I sometimes get a bit jealous of other peoples’ work; but that just makes me want to continue on in the search for new photographic opportunities.

Is there a photographer that you particularly admire? Why?

I admire quite a few photographers and some of them are right here in Geelong. Barry Feldman is one of those who I admire the most. He reminds me of Ken Duncan and Steve Parish in the way he captures his landscape images.

Is there anything about your photography that you would like to improve?

There is always room for improvement and challenge. I think my biggest photographic challenge has arrived as I move from B grade to A grade. There is always more to learn as digital photography continues to develop. I would like to learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom, as I seem to have just been fluffing my way through these programs not knowing much about them.

Any final thoughts?

The camera club has been a great place to be over the last 30 or so years. I have enjoyed my time as a member and committee representative since I was first elected, after only two years in the club, to the position of Vice President in 1987. I was very pleased recently to be presented with a life membership along with some fellow members at our Image of the Year celebrations.

Some of Tim’s images are shown below

Creepy - I loved the lighting on the church but felt it need something else in the image.

Creepy – I loved the lighting on the church but felt it need something else in the image.

Darkness Creeping In:- Experimenting with black and white

Darkness Creeping In – Experimenting with Black and White

Left Behind - Took many shots of this chain and decide that this was the best angle

Left Behind – Took many shots of this chain and decided that this was the best angle

Linkage - Close up of a steam train's workings.

Linkage – Close up of a steam train’s workings.

Natures Bridge - I Liked taking this one because everyone else was inside the cave taking the shot but I felt there was to much light coming down the waterfall so I took it from outside

Natures Bridge – I Liked taking this one because everyone else was inside the cave taking the shot but I felt there was to much light coming down the waterfall so I took it from outside

Power Steel - More steam train workings

Power Steel – More steam train workings

Sentry - I just love Meerkats

Sentry – I just love Meerkats

Shiny Blower -: getting in close and taking part of the object

Shiny Blower -: getting in close and taking part of the object