My name is Neil Smith and I am from Chester-le-Street Co. Durham.

I started having a serious interest in photography from around 2000 when I purchased my first 35mm SLR. When I moved into the digital age my first DSLR was a Nikon D50, during the years that I had this camera I owned various lenses for it. These started off with the Nikon standard lens and then 70-200mm and also a Sigma 150-500mm f5-6.3 (I still have this and use it regularly). I did replace the standard 18-70mm and the 70-200mm with just one new lens, Sigma 18-250mm. I have now upgraded my camera to a Nikon D7000 and I am extremely happy with its performance.

I have always enjoyed photographing landscapes and historic buildings such as castles but recently, since November 2012, I have started taking a bigger interest in sports photography and indeed I have been to several football matches taking photos.

Although, I have started with football I do plan, if not the near future then somewhere down the line, to expand into other sports e.g. Cricket, golf or even motor racing.

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