GOOD TO KNOW:
The images on this site are the sole property of William J. Stewart. They may not be downloaded or reproduced in any manner whatsoever, nor may they be used for any purpose without the express written permission of the owner.
Some information about me:
I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and, from an early age, I developed an interest in photography. As a child heading off to spend the summer learning to speak Gaeilge in the Gaeltachs of Donegal I somehow acquired a Kodak Brownie 127 camera and a roll of film. When my father saw the photographs I had taken, he asked why I was taking photographs of lonely mountain roads and sheep and the like instead of "taking snaps of your chums". Some years later I purchased a Pratkica camera and eventually during my years as a student at The Queen's University of Belfast, I purchased a Nikkormat camera and a 50mm f1.4 Nikkor lens, which I still possess today. It was with this camera and lens that I took the older photographs that appear in the "Oldies" galleries. At that time, I favored 125 ASA film, generally either Ilford FP4 or Kodak Plus X, developed in Acutol. The negatives were recently retrieved from a dusty old folder, digitized using an Epson Perfection V500 scanner and then cleaned up using Photoshop CS4. Today I have a Nikon D810 and several Nikkor lens; I have completely moved from film to digital photography.
Whereas the size of the original images on this web site are extremely large, often in excess of 100 MB, those that are presented here have been greatly compressed --- indeed, down to an average of under 800KB. Additionally, depending on the characteristics of the system on which they are viewed, they may appear to be brighter or darker and the colors may or may not accurately reflect those of the originals.