Welcome to my life

Who is Tim Trott?

By , 11th March 2008

Hello, I'm Tim Trott.

I am web developer extraordinaire, professional photographer and amateur astronomer. I was born in Bristol, England where I spent most of my life. I now live and work in Glasgow, Scotland.

This is my website, a place for me to share my photos and write about my many hobbies, including photography, astronomy, programming, cooking and tips about the internet and technology reviews. I started writing back in 2001 to record my activities and share my hobbies. It is also a place to take notes from the courses I attended and share my knowledge. I find blogging allows me to reflect on what I've done in life and what I've learned from it. It's a great tool for self-growth, and I recommend it to anyone.

Personal Life

My passion is for photography which I have held since I was very young. Over the years I have developed my interest from a 110 cartridge, to compact 35mm camera and film SLR. I was an early adopter of digital photography back in 1996. I include photography in all my other hobbies, as it is an important part of my life. I always have a camera on me and I'm constantly snapping away! I also love writing, be it tutorials and articles for websites, my blog, programming code or recently, short works of fiction.

In the evenings and weekends, I keep myself fit and active by hiking, running and gym. I'm also trying to learn how to play the electric and acoustic guitar, watercolour painting, cooking, video production, 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.

Tim Trott Photography
Tim Trott Photography

Photography

I have taken pictures since childhood using compact an old Canon SLR 35mm film camera. In 1996 I bought my first digital camera and photography became an important part of my life. In 2006 I bought my first digital Canon SLR and I still use Canon cameras today.

I mainly specialise in landscape photography, still life, macro, 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 a 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.

Astronomy

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 GCSEs and A-Levels in Chemistry and Physics. I am now studying for a degree in Astronomy with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Working Life

I'm a professional software engineer specialising in bespoke website development, e-commerce solutions, content management systems and web services. I have worked 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 my own web development agency, Azulia Designs Ltd, which at the time was a dream come true. After two years of hard work, 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.

I am now a full stack software engineer, comfortable working on front end development (jQuery, Bootstrap, HTML5, CSS3) through to SQL Server database development and all the bits in between. I am 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 full-time software engineer in a full SCRUM/Agile environment, building web applications for the healthcare market. On a daily basis, I use my full skill set where I'm challenged daily to improve and grow my skills.

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Quick Facts

Loves

  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Marmite
  • Spicy Food
  • Real Ales
  • Photography
  • Fire
  • Lightning

Hates

  • Wasps
  • Rain
  • Celebrities / X-Factor / Pop Factories
  • Internet Explorer
  • HMRC
  • Politics


Music

  • Rock
  • Metal / Heavy Metal
  • Electro / Industrial
  • Country
  • Jazz
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Mainstream

Movies

  • Sci-Fi
  • Action
  • Kung Fu
  • Horror
  • Disney/Pixar
  • Marvel
  • Comedy

I'm also on Google+ Profile. Google makes me put this link here so I can authenticate that I am who I am.