About Tom Kelly
I started this site as a place for some of my favorite photographs. I have had an interest in photography since I was very young. I remember my mum not trusting me with a small Minolta compact camera as a 5 year old at my cousins wedding in the states in the late 80’s. I remember that moment when they said my sister could use it but I couldn’t I thought that wouldn’t hold me back. So as soon as my sister put it down I “borrowed” it and took some pictures. To this day my dad claims they were some of the better from that day (although he may be slightly biased…).
Below is a picture of me with that same camera a few years later.
Whilst I had a Minolta film SLR as a teenager i somewhat lost interest in photography as a young adult, probably due to having zero cash as a student. But over the last 2-3 years I have really fallen in love with photography. I have a particular interest in military history/aviation and living in Cambridge means I am only a 15 minute drive from Duxford so there is always a good excuse for a visit.
My first venture into more serious photography was with the Panasonic GF1 which I got as a Christmas present with the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 and loved the images I got from it. At that point I didn’t have Lightroom so had to make do with the out of camera jpeg’s which always felt a little cold and lifeless. But I persevered. Then when Olympus announced their OM-D EM5 I felt strongly that this was the camera for me, so in anticipation of a trip to the Maldives I got the cash together to buy the OM-D with the 12-50mm kit. Then about 18 months later I added a Nikon Df to my collection and over the last few years have acquired a small collection of lenses for both systems.
The lens I actually love most at the moment is the Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm F2.8 – I sold the Olympus 45mm F1.8 with the intention of buying the black version to match my OM-D (I always felt the silver one stood out too much). But about a week after I sold it I was wandering past Campkins Cameras in Cambridge when i noticed the Pana-Leica in their window second hand for £219.99. I thought that looked slightly odd, but double checked it was indeed the lens i thought it was and tried it out in the shop and it worked perfectly. So jumped at the chance with the intention of selling it on eBay. But instead i have found the pictures I have got from this lens to be pleasing in a way I cant quite describe. It makes a lovely portrait lens and the macro capability opens up a world of photography that I have zero knowledge and experience in so it has been interesting playing with that.
But that is a quick rundown of my background and as I mentioned, I have created this little site as an extension of the hobby to show a few of my photos in a tidy way that I like.
Here is a pic of me from more recent times (bit older than before…)
If you have any questions on any of my pics, please add to the comments sections throughout the site or contact me.