What equipment do you use?
All my main cameras and lenses are Nikon / Nikkor.
At the moment I am using a D500 and D800. Together these are probably the most favourable combination I’ve ever used for versatility. I’d also go so far as rating the D500 as the best DSLR I have ever used. The AF system is incredible, especially the edge to edge spread of AF points. You can read my review of the Nikon D500 on the Nature TTL website.
In the past I’ve used various other Nikon cameras, the D700, D3, D300, D200 and my first ever DSLR… the ground-breaking D70. I still have my D700 and D300 which I make available for workshop use. I also use a couple of Nikon D3200s too, one for family holidays and another for times when my other cameras are too heavy, for example, dangling of the Tyne Bridge on the end of a monopod photographing Kittiwakes!
My main lens is the Nikkor 200-400 f/4. It’s a great match for the D500, combined they are incredibly versatile. I use a Gitzo 5541 LS tripod and a Wimberley gimbal head for support. The 200-400 doesn’t always need a tripod but over a long period of time it becomes beneficia. Other lenses which I cram into my bag are the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 105mm micro f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.8. Plus, far too many accessories to mention!
My newest camera is a Go Pro Hero4 Silver. I bought this with the idea of documenting some fabulous locations I work in. I’m not into producing nature video or anything, just records more than anything. My YouTube channel is here!
Are your photographs available for licensing editorially?
Yes, photographs can be licensed for print and by rights managed and royalty free licenses. All of my photographs are available as high-quality 300dpi files. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Are all of your photographs of entirely wild species?
The vast majority are. Where not I always specify the conditions they are taken in.
How did you learn wildlife photography?
Trial and error! I read lots of books, trawled the internet to research techniques when I should have been doing what I was paid to do – no wonder I got made redundant! More importantly I got out there and did it!
I’ve always been interested in wildlife, albeit not as ‘fanatical’ as I am now! I started my photography as a (very) frustrated landscape photographer but over time I found it increasingly unfulfilling. I was more interested in watching the wildlife around me while wishing I had a decent telephoto lens! Animals have a soul, they move, think and have emotions. I enjoy studying the subjects I photograph, reading about their habits and ecology. Ultimatley I find wildlife just more interesting.
Why Nikon and not Canon?
Nikon, Canon – it’s all swings and roundabouts really and they both offer brilliant cameras and lenses. I am not really interested in the dull ‘fanboy’ debates all over various photography websites. I’m more interested in the photograph, the wildlife and the techniques. I ended up with a Nikon system as I bought the Nikon D70 when it first came out. It was quite revolutionary at the time and it just felt more ergonomic in my shovel-like hands!
Do you have a favourite species / photograph / location?
Not really! I am regularly asked which is my favourite species – it is usually the last one I had got a buzz from spending time photographing! I love the Masai Mara and the huge diversity of wildlife it holds and if I’m pushed I’d have to name the Cheetah. I equally love the Farne Islands where I spend a huge amount of time in June and I do have a soft spot for our puffins!
What is the hardest species you have ever photographed?
Giraffes. Fascinating creatures!
What would you most like to photograph?
Penguins and polar bears. Typical that you probably cannot find two species which are geographically located much further from each other! I’d also like to spend some time photographing tufted and horned puffins too.