My name is Ray Bilcliff and I am a photography fanatic. But this wasn't always the case. I first became a martial arts instructor and after achieving the grade of 8th Dan Black Belt I developed my own free style that I called Jintian-Do. And I did this for many years teaching over 300 students to the black belt level and several to the master level.
But after a serious back injury I had to call time on teaching martial arts and I became a scuba diving instructor. This wonderful lifestyle took me to 32 different countries and islands around our beautiful world.
It was not until the year 2000 that I bought my first camera and took my first pictures, but I got hooked on photography very quickly. I read all the photo eBooks I could find and I watched all of the Youtube photography videos until I learned what photography was all about.
After a category 5 hurricane called Ivan decimated Grand Cayman where I was working I left and went to work in the Florida Everglades. My photography came along very quickly as now I had more time and I could shoot nature almost everyday.
Now I am retired and I am living in Whitley Bay in North East England very near one of the best beaches in the country. The North East has a very rugged coastline that is one of the most beautiful in the world. Check out my photos and you will see what I mean.
I also have some simple Tutorials and Free Ebooks on my other website at www.trueportraits.com just click the links in the top menu to go there.
You can follow my work on 500px.