By day, I'm a 40-something, freelance graphic designer - while being self-employed has many benefits, it inevitably leads to me spending most, if not all, of the day at home - mainly in one room. In the last year or so, I have found that photography provides an excellent remedy for cabin-fever - when work pressures are high, you can't beat getting out into the fresh air and the stillness of the countryside. Having camera with you certainly focuses your attention on what is around you, rather than the busyness of the day.

When I find and take the time to look, I find the natural world to be full of wonder, from awe-inspiring vistas, to delicate details, and the images here are the ones which I feel capture that best.

I've got a lot to learn, and my thanks go to everyone who has inspired, supported, taught and encouraged me so far. You know who you are ;)

My Kit (getting geeky..)

Until very recently I shot on a Canon 80D. It's a crop sensor camera, and very capable indeed. However, due to the problems of finding a decent weather-sealed mid-range zoom for APS-C systems, I've now switched to a Sony A7R III. 

On the Canon, I would normally use a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 for wide angle shots and a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 for more general focal lengths. With the Sony, I use a Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 DI iii RXD and Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS to cover those bases.

On both systems (via an adapter for Sony) I try to pick elements out of the wider scene with a Canon EF 70-200m f/4 L. If that's not long enough, or I'm trying to get a wildlife shot, I'll bring out the big gun - a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. It's a beast to lug around, but I've been glad of it on a number of trips.

Few landscape photographers would be without a set of decent filters. We often shoot in often tricky lighting, so I rely on my Formatt Hitech filters. I'm really proud to have been appointed as a Formatt Hitech Ambassador, so if you need any assistance with choosing the right filters for your photography, do drop me a line - I'll happily talk through the options and can help with a little discount too :) Use KMETCALFE10 on for 10% off. 

Finally, I always carry my 3 Legged Thing tripod. I use a Billy - not the most expensive, but it's light, sturdy and tall enough to do everything I need. 

All of this is usally packed up with coats, drinks and snacks in a LowePro Rover Pro 45L. Maybe one day I'll shove a wild camping tent in there too, and have some new adventures...