Commercial photography: Tone Bacon has sold photos from his portfolio for use in books, academic papers and corporate websites, a portrait photo-shoot for Telstra – used for large banners and phone box ads, commissioned for a book cover image, wedding photography and images published in The Mercury Newspaper. He has a growing selection of photos for sale on WireStock.
Tone not as yet entered any competitions.
A lifetime in photography:
Since my earliest memories, Mum was always behind a camera. From a young age I would play with her Kodak Brownie Starlet. She gave me my first camera – an Agfa X-126 Instamatic (1976), when I was nine. I was hooked!
I studied photography as part of art class from grade 8 and into college mostly using the school’s Pentax 35mm film SLR’s. As soon as I could afford a decent camera, I bought a Yashica FX-D (1984) film SLR.
In my spare time during a 26 year career at The Mercury newspaper as a Graphic Artist, I taught myself Photoshop. I still use “CS6 Extended” – the last version you could purchase outright.
I purchased a 3.2MP Canon Powershot A300 (2004) when digital cameras reached a usable resolution. I also purchased a collectable Kodak DC40 from The Mercury – one of the first consumer built digital cameras.
I saved for a 6MP Nikon D40 (2008) with two kit lenses – in it’s day a smallish, light weight entry level DSLR with limited features. Good for bush-walking, I shot fully manual, edited RAW files and learnt heaps!
Next came the D3200 (2012), again, bang for buck and small – and of course, various smart phones – finally a camera always in my pocket!
Then came the drones! After buying a dud, I built my own from scratch, where I used an iLook+ then a Xiaomi Yi for still and video. I researched and found the Sony RX100 III (2015) as the smallest, lightest, RAW capable camera and bought one second hand. Mounting on a drone didn’t work out due to budget constraints but I loved this camera, the 8 kg of Nikon gear was put aside and the RX100 literally lived with me! The only thing I missed was an extended zoom.
In 2015 I completed a University of Tasmania Certificate in Photography and Social Media.
February 2019 I rafted the Franklin River and after much research, bought a newly launched GoPro Hero 7 especially for the trip.
Circumstances changed, finances improved and I began contemplating another upgrade. As I loved the Sony, I was considering a move to the full frame A7, when I met a local photographer through Flickr who used Olympus. I was very impressed with his images, Gary and I became good friends and after a play with his gear, it didn’t take much convincing to invest in the Olympus ecosystem and it’s unique features.
While saving and waiting for the long anticipated EM5 III release, I gave in to a great discount on a new OM-D E-M5 II and M.Zuiko 14-150mm lens (May 2019).
I quickly came to love the Olympus micro 3/4 system, it’s compact light weight, exceptional build quality, ergonomics and handling, plus the weather-sealed gear lends itself well to my off track adventures and shooting style. With Olympus’ unique features, it was simply awesome, feeling more like a scientific instrument in my hands than just a camera.
After the EM5 III release 5 months later, I weighed up the specs and decided to upgrade to a second-hand EM1 II. I patiently kept an eye out and eventually scored a low shutter count, studio used, mint condition bargain! (November 2019).
In January 2020, I purchased a mint second-hand 12-40mm F2.8 Pro lens.
In February 2020, I purchased a hardly used 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens, and a few months later a wide angle Laowa 7.5mm with manual focus. Two cheap sets of Pixco 10 + 16mm extension tubes were added to increase the 60mm macro capability. My go-to lens is still the 14-150mm for it’s versatility.
I added a used Manfrotto Be-Free tripod and Olympus FL36 flash with remote flash triggers. The two filters I have are “Circular Polarising” and “Variable Neutral Density” (VND) – almost any other filter effect can be done in post processing with Photoshop. I recommend getting the largest size you need and using step-up rings to fit all your lenses.
It’s well worth being patient and hunt around sites like eBay and Gumtree.
March 2022 I purchased a new OM-1 by OM Digital Solutions for a low light wedding shoot.
In May 2022 I found a mint low shutter-count Olympus Pen-F for a great price and couldn’t resist! It pairs lovely as a second camera to the OM-1 but I actually like using it more, it just feels and handles really nice – like a camera should – with better controls for artistic effects.
June 2022 I found a local selling a 75-300mm ƒ/4.8-6.7 II lens with an Olympus EM10 Mark II cheap as he was travelling overseas. I brought them then sold the EM10.
Despite the passion, my photography gear has mostly been on a modest budget and I’ve enjoyed the challenges of working within their limits. It’s held me back a little at times, taught me LOTS, often forced me to be inventive, adapt to various situations and fully appreciate the gear I have now!
I love getting lost in my “photo head”, to drift away and see the world differently in composition and light, often ending up in places and seeing things I would never have expected. It makes life way more interesting, all inspired by my late Mum, who captured many fond memories that I can still look back on, thanks to her.
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