William Bolton

Having grown up in Oxfordshire, I am now based in North Somerset.

Photography has been part of my life for about 7 or 8 years, when I was first introduced to a 35mm SLR, a Nikon FM2, while studying a BSc in Biological Imaging at the University of Derby.

Since then my equipment has evolved, though I still use Nikon and still shoot film. I considered my first photographic successes to be of plants, one of which is of a clump of nettles (image #19) taken just after a summer storm. I guess I was hooked and so still regularly shoot both wild flowers and plants. I often look for the perfect plant portraits in macro, but also use both telephotos and wide-angle to cover a subject.

While working in South-East Asia in 2000, I discovered a more shoot-and-grab style of photography; people, cultures, scenics, fleeting moments that are a far cry from the patience involved in photographing the snake’s head fritillary in macro on a windy day! This is an area I am keen to continue.

My other interest is with flash and the potential of using flash both outdoors and in a studio environment. I have long been terrified of using electronic flash, and have recently broken the back of using fill-flash to get natural looking results. What I am most interested in however, is high-speed flash. Something I have yet to experiment with.

As regards the images:
Most of my images are shot on Fuji Velvia 100 then scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 5000ED and colour managed with the aid of GretagMacbeth Eye-One software.

About William Bolton

Flower, Wildlife, Abstract and Travel photography from William A Bolton.