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Nicky AnnaKirsten Keates
Lives in Poole, Dorset
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Photographer and Artist. Retired nurse & medical secretary (own business),
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Photographer and artist.
Anna Kirsten are my two middle names which I use for all my creative activities.  I live in Dorset in the South of England, UK, with Richard, my husband.

I am an amateur photographic enthusiast.  This means that whilst I occasionally sell prints of my work, I mainly do photography for the sheer joy of it.  I love talking about photography, trying out different equipment, and I also love looking at the beautiful works of other photographers and learning what I can from the various techniques people share with me. 

I think I probably major in macro and close-up photography as I find presenting things in an artistic way that are otherwise unseen with the naked eye really fascinating.  I particularly enjoy photographing droplets with interesting refractions in them, and also flora and other things using a very shallow DOF.  Scenery photography is something I thoroughly enjoy too, but for health reasons I don't get to do much of this during the Golden hours (when it often matters the most) and usually manage to only find opportunities that present themselves during or either side of the so-called "midday hours".  I try to go for atmosphere or extraordinary weather conditions, but sometimes only succeed in getting presentable shots of pretty places.  I do enjoy post-processing very much, and am no purist in that sense.

Photographic equipment I use includes: Sony A550 DSLR, Sony/Tamron 18-250mm lens, Sigma 105mm macro lens, Tamron f2 60mm lens, Samyang fisheye lens & Sigma 10-20mm lens;  Canon G11 + Raynox DCR-250 macro conversion lens.  I previously owned Konica Minolta cameras, then moved on to a Canon 350D, 400D, then a 450D, but found a real liking for some of the extra facilities on the Sony A550.  Until recently I also owned a Nikon P7100 + Nikon wide angle conversion lens but have now sold these as I wasn't happy with the level of noise from this camera.

My other passions lie in art and music and I play flute in our local worship group.  (I am a Bible believing Christian, but I only talk about my faith with people who are really interested.  No Bible bashing from me!)

I LOVE cats and have two of my own - or should I say, they own me!  Oh YESS!

*NOTE:  Unfortunately I recently lost nearly all of my photography spanning over three years to September 2011, and all I had left were the small versions of some of those on a photographic account I used to have.  I copied all those onto my hard-drive, and am gradually picking out the best of them to put in my gallery here.  This will account for the long numbers you may see under "file name" in a few of the photograph details.  They are nevertheless all my own shots, not anyone else's work.*
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Poole, Dorset
Poole - London - Ipswich - St Peter Port