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Welcome to my little corner of ephotozine where I hope you may find something that pleases the eye and appeals to the senses.
Photography is my passion often fired by some of the most inspirational portfolios on this site. I never fail to find beauty and interest in every day things and places and enjoy most genres of photography. I truly believe that we are never too old to learn or try something new and will have a go at most things. I value critique on my work and greatly appreciate any comments.
Many thanks for looking.
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I live on the English Riviera in South Devon, England. I am originally from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and have spent the majority of my working life in the music business. I retired a few years ago and took up photography to replace the creative gap left by my retirement.
Since joining EPZ in 2007 I have taken my hobby a lot more seriously and invested in a Digital SLR and some useful lenses. Some of the excellent work and portfolios on this site truly inspired me to raise the bar and try a lot harder to become a better photographer. I have received a great deal of help, knowledge and constructive criticism from fellow members which is truly appreciated. I will try my hand at many subjects but tend to favour macro, floral, and most recently, portraiture which I am developing a keen interest in. I am an active member of a photographic society and am currently working towards a distinction with the R.P.S which I am hoping to gain in the near future.

Current equipment:
Canon EOS 40D. DSLR
Canon EF 17/40mm f4L USM wide angle lens
Canon EFS 18/55mm IS kit lens
Canon EF 70/200mm f4L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4 extender
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
Canon speedlight 430EX
Photoshop CS5 and Elements 9


212Photos Uploaded 9.8kPhoto Comments 43Modifications 0Topics Created 2Forum Comments 15Competition Entries

*Statistics refreshed hourly.

Following : 54

Followers : 57


Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 7:59PM
Impressive portfolio Fran !.....a great eclectic collection of images....I particularly like 'Wild Flower 2' & 'Impressions 2'....wonderful stuff !

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sherring Plus
10 46 13 United Kingdom
18 May 2011 8:20AM
Some great images here. Dont know how I have missed them before.

5 Apr 2011 3:39PM
Great portfolio.
Love your portrait work, something i'm very keen to learn myself and find your work is inspirational, well done
User_Removed 7 48 1 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2011 10:51AM
Superb portfolio.
franfoto Plus
10 2 32 England
4 Feb 2011 2:08AM

Quote:Loverly P/F,all sharp and well produced images..You should get yourself a manager has a double for Ann Robinson..Sorry if thats not the right thing to say...Regards John T.....

Thanks for the comment.......Ha ha, not as stroppy as Ann but wouldn't mind her status though lol
Loverly P/F,all sharp and well produced images..You should get yourself a manager has a double for Ann Robinson..Sorry if thats not the right thing to say...Regards John T.....
thanx for ur comment on sean dillons image of jen lol moi haha i like ur work x
14 Aug 2010 2:00PM
Great and beautyful work +++++
fantastic pf
harrattp Plus
11 11 4 England
10 Feb 2009 8:37AM
A lovely and varied Portfolio Fran. Some super bird shots.

9 Feb 2009 3:19PM
Great pf love your bird shots in particular keep up the good work
4 Feb 2009 10:21PM
What a lovely portfolio you have Fran great work.
regards Nigel
Hello Fran just had a little peek at your very nice PF.You have many wonderful shots.
4 Jan 2009 5:22PM
Great portfolio!! a fine PortFolio
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
4 Dec 2008 9:44PM
Hi Fran
I've just been browsing through your PF and have enjoyed every minute of it - will definitely be a frequent visitor. You have such a range of varied and interesting subjects. I particularly like your birds, flowers and insects.
Will look forward to your future uploads.
With best wishes
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2008 12:37PM
Just taken a peek at your lovely portfolio, you have created some lovely pictures, I was inspired to look after voting on your fairy upload.
Linda Smile
Hello Fran I have been taking a look at your PF ,you are certainly a talented photographer to produce such a varied PF of images ,I love your macro work I'm just starting out in this field to say the least.Thank you for your advise about the lens and your comments on my humble macro work.

Hope you have a good week-end.

Jean x
SteveNZ Plus
9 4 5 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2008 1:48PM
You have some wonderful photos.
Thanks for the comments you left on mine.
gerrymac Plus
10 10 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2008 5:24PM
Some really lovely images Fran. 1st class job
3 Jul 2008 11:24PM
I love all your photos. I like the tigers best of all.

3 Jul 2008 2:38PM
i must admit fran you have some wonderful pic's in your portfolio
graceland Plus
13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2008 5:44PM
Great Pictures Well done Keep um coming well done
13 Apr 2008 4:23AM
just browsing thru and stopped to admire your pictures, the flowers are quite stunning, and wish your MOM a happy birthday and get well, Chuckspics, Chuck
8 Apr 2008 11:22PM
Hello Fran

What a wonderfully varied portfolio, which shows of your undoubted skill as a photographer. Really excellent stuff.


11 Mar 2008 3:34PM
Just passing through, you have a good eye for detail and presention and a very good pf
10 Mar 2008 2:31PM
Hi Fran many thanks for your comments. You have a great PF gives me something to aim for
freds Plus
13 184 England
9 Mar 2008 1:54PM
Hi Fran, great PF, looking forward to seeing more of your excellent work.

All the best
13 Feb 2008 10:23PM
HI Fran,
Shame on me for not stopping by sooner.. Your PF is lovely.. will be back to see more of your work..I C+C a few however it would take all week to do them all justice.. However I didn't leave your MOM out she is lovely !!

Take care
Dawn MIchelle
Hi fran, thanks very much for the comments.
You have some excellent photographs.
13 Jan 2008 9:31PM
Hi there Fran,
Have been having a browse through your PF have to say i have enjoyed the time spent, Plenty of excellent images and some lovely fun shots you obviously enjoy your photgraphy, I shall be back,
Chrism8 Plus
11 879 19 England
11 Jan 2008 6:18AM
Hi Fran, you have some cracking images in your PF, and such a varity.

Cheers, Chris
6 Jan 2008 12:07AM
Love your P/F some varied images, your window of opportunity is excellent.

Regds Phil
Hi Fran. Have just found your portfolio. A superb range of pictures. You are prepared to have a go at a variety of techniques. Very artistic approach...a pleasure to view.
wasper Plus
11 533 1 Ireland
3 Jan 2008 1:34AM
Hi Frances,
thanks for your kind words. I use a software called Photomatix Pro. I actually bought this software & with that you get a CS3 plugin too. But you can visit the web site & download the free version, but it will be limited. I have more photos in my gallery with the same technic. Some have worked well & some didn't.
Colin Wilson is the master of this technic & he has a gallery here too.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2007 7:33AM
Hi Fran
I've just had a view of your portfolio. Its been a lovely experience!! You've some very interesting and varied shots and I look forward to seeing more in the coming year. Sorry to hear about your wrist and I hope that soon heals and you can get back to your camera again
Best wishes for 2008
19 Dec 2007 11:04PM
Very good collection here Fran. You aren't afraid to try your hand at a range of subjects. Keep it up.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
14 Dec 2007 2:26PM
Hi Fran I have just looked through your portfolio. It is of a very good standard and I am surprised that your photographs have not received more attention.


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  • ePHOTOzine Plus Member Plus Member
  • Name
    Frances Botwood
    England England
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    30/05/2013 @01:16
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    Landscape / Travel
    Portraits / People
    Digitally manipulated
    Black & White
    Pets / Captive animals
    Humour / Fun
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