"To travel, to experience and learn; that is to live" Tenzing Norgay
IntrepidPhotos.com is for anyone seeking to look outside the narrow confines of their day to day life, see beyond the monotony, and make a real effort to get out there and love their life. Anyone with an interest in humanity, mountaineering, trekking, wildlife or travel will find something to broaden their horizons on the site. Hopefully it will inspire a few to travel and see the world for themselves, maybe just to pick up their camera and go for a walk, or perhaps simply to be more understanding of the world in which they live. IntrepidPhotos.com turned 14 in 2012 and it has been a long haul; there are now over 8000 photos up on the site. I have left some early photos up from the late 90's which perhaps would not make the grade now but are significant for personal reasons. I can only hope that you have enjoyed looking at the site over the last decade as much as I have putting it together. If this is true it will have served its purpose. Robert Downie.
From time to time Robert Downie has run photographic exhibitions such as 'Himalayan Awakening'. Representing a collection of 34 photographic exhibits, from the spiritual heart of Kathmandu to the glaciated base of Mount Everest, it gave a a graphic portrayal of the harshness of life and land in the Nepalese Himalaya. Limited Edition Prints are no longer available from this exhibition.
If you need to contact me for any reason; please do so via the message function at http://jalbum.net/en/users/intrepidphotos
From time to time there are some side projects which do not fit the theme of this website. Here are a few links below.
- Tom Cooney and McKisko playing at the Clarendon Guesthouse in the Blue Mountains
- Jono and Eva's wedding in Sweden
- Phoebe and Pui's wedding in Thailand
All photos on the site were taken with combinations of the following equipment. In my opinion people spend too much money on their camera bodies and too little on their lenses. Mega pixels mean nothing if there is poor quality glass in the lens in front of it. As you can see most of the photos on this site were taken with consumer level camera bodies and prosumer level glass. You don't need to spend a lot to take great photos.
Canon EOS50D - 15 MP Reduced Frame Digital - Post 2009
Canon 10-22mm Zoom EF-S (f3.5-4.5) - Post 2006
Sigma 70-200 Zoom EX APO Hypersonic Lens (f2.8) - Post 2003
Canon 50mm Prime EF Lens (f1.8) - Post 2006
Canon 35mm Prime EF Lens (f2.0) - Post 2007
Canon 24mm-85mm Zoom EF Ultrasonic Lens (f3.5-4.5) - 1997 to 2006
Canon EOS400D - 10.2 MP Reduced Frame Digital - 2006 to 2009
Canon EOS 300 - 35mm Film SLR Camera Body - 2000 to 2006
Canon EOS IX - APS Film SLR Camera Body - 1997 to 2000
Canon 75mm-300mm Zoom EF Lens (f4-5.6) - 1997 to 2003
Sigma 1.4x EX APO - Tele Converter - Post 2003
Kenko 2x Teleplus MC7 - Tele Converter
UV Zero Filters
Warming Correction Filter
ND Grad (Hard) 0.9 - Neutral Density Filter
ND Grad (Hard) 0.6 - Neutral Density Filter
Battery Grips for the EOS 400D and EOS 300
Remote Shutter Release
Film vs Digital
I won't enter this debate other than to say that I have finally moved over to digital and while I miss some aspects of slide film; i will not be going back anytime soon! Historically when using a film SLR I would use a range of slide films from Fuji (notably Velvia and Provia) and Kodack (notably Kodachrome and Kodack ExtraColor Slide) and on some occasions print film.