Chris Owens Digital Artist & Photographer | About

About Me

I was born and brought up in Somerset, close to the North Somerset levels. It was on early-morning walks, from a young age, that I developed my interest in wildlife. After 30 years in education, IT and media, I left the corporate world to focus on photography, art, sound recording, and design work. I now live in North Wales. I regard myself as a photographer of interesting things. In particular, I like creating images of landscapes, flora, wildlife, travel locations, and people doing interesting things. I create both colour and monochrome images - the latter using both visible and infrared light. I spend my time pretty much evenly spit between photography and creating digital artwork, either generative images or from my photography.

About My Photography

I have been creating images since childhood. I started in the early 1960s with a Brownie 127, given to me by my parents. In the early 1970s I bought a Russian Zenith SLR. By the end of that decade I had progressed to a Pentax MX SLR - this lasted me for many years. After a brief break from still photography to work in video, I re-entered photography with a Canon EOS 1000F during the 1990s, followed by a Canon EOS 5. I later added a Bronica medium format camera to my kit. In 2005 I went over to a completely digital workflow. My first digital SLR was a Canon EOS 20D. This has now been converted for taking infrared images. My main cameras now are a Canon EOS 5DMkII and a Fujifilm X-Pro2 for travel and street photography.

The photographs on this site have been taken over the last 30-plus years. However the majority of them are more recent, digital images. During the "traditional" years I used a variety of film stock, from the well known varieties of Kodak, Ilford and Fuji to those that have not survived the test of time, such as Orwochrome -  albeit an excellent, high-contrast film. In the latter days of film I tended to restrict myself to Fuji (Velvia and Provia 100F & 400F) for colour transparencies and Ilford (FP4, HP4 and Delta 3200) for monochrome. Although occasionally I used other film types as the fancy took me. I sometimes also used C41-process monochrome film.

The main subject areas that I have tended to photograph have been wildlife (both flora and fauna), landscapes, seascapes and urbanscapes. However a lot more of my recent work has been tending towards "art photography" - expression through photography rather than just capturing life as it is, which includes both studio-based and "outdoor" compositions.

My current kit includes:

  • Canon EOS 5DMkII, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Canon EOS 20D (modified for Infra Red), and GoPro cameras
  • Canon lenses: EF 24-70mm f2.8 L, 100mm f2.8 macro, EF 70-200mm IS f4 L, and EF 100-400mm IS f5.6 L
  • Fujifilm lenses: XF35mm f1.4 and XF16mm-5mm f2.8
  • DitoGear: 1.5m Servo OmniSlider, 2-axis OmniHead, Dragon Bridge Interface
  • Lee filters
  • Manfrotto tripods and heads; Nodal Ninja NN5 panoramic head with D-16 Rotator
  • Canon Flash: Speedlite 580EX and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
  • Studio lighting: Elinchrom D-Lite 4
  • Software: Adobe Suite CS6, Adobe Lightroom, DragonFrame (stopframe and timelapse), and Iridient X-transformer for Fuji raw conversion.

About My Digital Art

I started using math to create digital images back in the early 1980s, primarily on a Oric computer and plotter. This involved fairly simple equations that described shapes found in the natural world, such as a maple leaf. Much of my digital artwork is generative, that is, it is produced using mathematical algorithms. This includes images produced from "simple" mathematical equations through to more complex fractal images. I also produce digital artwork from my photographic images - mostly abstract, symmetry-based and composites. All my digital artwork is done on Apple Mac systems.

I use a range of software tools to design and generate my artwork, including:

  • Processing 3
  • Chaotica
  • J-Wildfire
  • Apophysis
  • Amberlight
  • Filter Forge
  • Adobe Photoshop

About My Recording

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I have been recording sounds since the earliest days of cassette recorders. Unfortunately very few of my recording have survived from this time. It was with the advent of digital recording that my sound recording re-emerged. Firstly on mini-disc, and later hard-disk and flash-drive devices. My main interest has always been in recording rural and urban soundscapes, and in using these recordings to create layered soundscapes. I have also done more conventional recordings for both local radio and hospital radio, and recording demos for bands. Some of my recordings have been used for audio documentaries, and as components of "sound images".

My current recording line-up includes:

  • SoundDevices 722 Digital Recorder
  • Tascam DR-60DMKII 4-Channel Portable Recorder
  • Edirol R-09 Digital Recorder
  • In the studio I use direct-to-disc recording through a MOTU 828 MkII and a Focusrite Octopre LE
  • Telinga Pro 5 Stereo-DAT Parabolic microphone
  • Sennheiser MKH 30/50 combination as an MS stereo pair
  • Soundman OKM-II binaural microphones
  • Røde NT3 microphones (either single or as a stereo pair)
  • Sony ECM-MS957 Single-point, Stereo microphone. Some of the earlier recording were done with the ECM-MS907.
  • Sennheiser ME-series mics
  • For monitoring during recording, I use a pair of Sennheiser HD-25 headphones.

In the studio I mainly use Adobe Audition and Ableton LIve.

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