I was born and brought up in Brazil, and came to live in the UK in 1971. When our four children left home, I bought myself a Nikon Coolpix 5700 to keep boredom at bay when travelling with my husband, a very keen landscape photographer. Before long, however, I found myself hooked!
I now shoot with a Canon 40D, with a variety of lenses from wide-angle to telephoto and, when in cities or where I want to be a bit more inconspicuous, I shoot with a Canon Powershot G11. With the adapter in place I can use a polarising filter so, apart from the fact that I cannot use my SLR lenses on it, I find it a very useful camera.
Being somebody who always needs a focus, I applied to the Royal Photographic Society for a Licentiateship distinction which was granted in 2008, followed by an Associateship in June 2010. I also applied to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for a Credit distinction which was granted in 2009. This year, 2011, I was very honoured to be enrolled as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society with a panel of fantasy landscapes taken from mussel shells. Each time I apply for a distinction I go through a tremendous learning curve - there's always something new and fascinating out there to explore!
I am also a member of the Guildford Photographic Society which is a good venue for members to share their experiences with each other and an opportunity to make friends with like-minded people.