About Me

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..)

I shoot on a Canon 80D. It's a crop sensor, and at some point I hope to upgrade to a Full Frame body to get better quality in my images. That being said, the 80D is a fantastic bit of kit, and does exactly what I need at the moment.

Lens-wise, for wide angle shots, I use either a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, or Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8. I'm looking to include more detail shots too - picking elements out of the wider scene - and for that I recently bought 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 NDs - a handful of older Resin ones (some very kindly passed on to me by the amazing Kris Williams - seriously - check out his work!) and a few of the premium Firecrest range. They're supremely neutral in colour and provide excellent control over the exposure.

Finally, I always carry my 3 Legged Thing tripod. I have an older discontinued Punks Vyv model, but it's super stable and extremely portable.

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...