Who is Tim Trott?
Hello, I'm Tim Trott. I am web developer extraordinaire, photographer and amateur astronomer. I was born in Bristol, England, and now live in Glasgow, Scotland. This is my website, where I share my photos and write about astronomy, programming, photography guides and tips about the internet and technology. I started writing back in 2004 as a means to record my activities and hobbies as well as a place to take notes from the courses I attended. I find "blogging" allows me to reflect on what I've been doing in life and what I've learned from it. It's a great tool for self-growth, and I recommend it to anyone.
In the evenings and weekends I keep myself occupied trying to learn how to play the electric guitar, hiking over the hills at the weekends, tinkering with cars and bikes, watercolour painting, cooking and playing video games. If the weather is good and the skies clear I can often be found gazing up at the stars through my telescope.
Occasionally I like to engage in online spaceship battles in EVE Online and do my part to crush the legions of the Horde in World of Warcraft.
I have been taking pictures since childhood using compact an old SLR 35mm film cameras. In 1996 I bought my first digital camera and photography became important part of my life. In 2006 I bought my first digital SLR which I still use today.
I mainly specialise in macro photography, still life, landscape and track day event photography; however I am looking to expand into portrait and fashion photography this year as well as a lot more travelling to locations such as Iceland, Sweden and Norway.
As an amateur photographer I take pictures because I like photography, not because I am trying to make money. I have done a couple of photography shoots on a no-fee basis. I have done a few photography courses; I have a Diploma in Photography and graphic design. As my photography portfolio develops (no pun intended!) I add more and more photos to my site.
I have always had a casual interest in astronomy, even from an early age, but I started to get serious back in 2005 when photographing Mars at perigee. Strangely I also captured a star cluster in the photo, one that I could not see with my eyes. Later I found out it was the Pleiades, one of a hundred objects in the Messier catalogue. Furthermore I found the New General Catalogue (NGC) with thousands of objects to see.
I acquired my first telescope in early 2006 (SkyWatcher Explorer 200) and began observing and photographing some of the more common objects (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon, Pleiades, Andromeda and so on...)
As I started observing more and more objects, I felt the need to learn more about what is out there so I enrolled on a distance learning course with the University of Central Lancashire which teaches the fundamentals of astronomy, physics and astronomy history. I followed this up the year after with Astrobiology. I also have earned GCSE's and A-Levels in Chemistry and Physics. I am currently studying for a degree in Astronomy with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
I'm a professional software engineer specialising in bespoke website development, ecommerce solutions, content management systems and web services. I have been working in software development professionally since 2007, and have many more years of experience before that. I wrote my first computer program in BASIC in the mid 80's on a BBC Micro.
In 2012 I founded and ran my own web development agency, Azulia Designs Ltd, which at the time was a dream come true. After two years of that I realised that there is more to life than working, and running an agency is a lot of work - it's not a 9-5 job. If I wasn't working on the current project, I was looking for the next 5 projects, doing tax returns, VAT reports, reports for accountants, sales and marketing. In 2014 I had enough of working 70+ hours a week and only getting paid for 40 of them, so I wound up the company, moved to Scotland and went back to working for the man.
So now I am a full stack developer equally comfortable working on front end development (jQuery, Bootstrap, HTML5, CSS3) through to SQL Server database development. I am also skilled at developing in C#, ASP.Net, MVC, Vb.Net and PHP, which is a rare and extensive blend of skills. I am currently a software engineer working in a full SCRUM/Agile environment building web applications for the healthcare market. On a daily basis I use my full skill set and I'm challenged daily to improve and grow my skills.
- Spicy Food
- Real Ales
- That I'm gluten intolerant
- Celebrities / X-Factor / Pop Factories
- Internet Explorer
- Rock & Metal (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Delain, Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, Nickelback, Opeth, Rob Zombie, Rammstein et al)
- Electro / Industrial (Collide, VNV Nation, Claire Voyant, Blutengel, AlienHand et al)
- Mainstream (Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Queen, Pixie Lott, Portishead, Avril Lavigne, Ellie Goulding, Evanescence, Katy Perry)
- Random (Vanessa Mae, Vanessa Carlton, Tatu, Ayumi Hamasaki et al)
- Guilty Pleasures (Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, Sash!, Kylie Minogue et al)
- Sci-Fi (Alien 1&2, Terminator, Riddick, Serenity, Independence Day et al)
- Action (Die hard, Indiana Jones, Hellboy, The Mummy, Tomb Raider, X-Men et al)
- Kung Fu (Bulletproof Monk, Crouching Tiger, Iron Monkey, The Tuxedo, So Close, Silverhawk, House of Flying Daggers, Shanghai Noon et al)
- Horror (Hellraiser, Blade, Underworld, The Omen, Resident Evil, Stigmata, Van Helsing)
- Comedy (Shaun of the Dead, Austin Powers, Ace Ventura, Hot Fuzz, Scary Movie et al)
I'm also on Google+ Profile. Google makes me put this link here so I can authenticate that I am who I am.