I started getting serious about photography around 2004 when I progressed from having a film camera to a digital camera. I experimented with several compact cameras before settling on a Canon Powershot G6, which I occasionally still use. I then got more serious and purchased my first digital SLR camera, a Canon EOS 400D, which I then used for taking most of my pictures. I use a combination of lenses with this camera such as the ES 18-55 standard and EF 75-300 f2.8 USM IS and a variety of extension tubes and filters. This camera was upgraded in 2009 to a Canon EOS 50D with more specialist lenses such as the MP-E 65 Macro lens and a 10-20mm wide angle lens. These lenses helped me to branch into different areas of photography such as macro and panoramic landscapes.
I mainly take pictures of natural history, fungi, insects, equines, pets, macro work and panoramic landscapes. These subjects are linked to other hobbies and often I like to combine the two. For example, with a wife who is a keen rider, the opportunity to take equine images is always there. Several of my images from Point to Point races have been published in "Horse and Hound" magazine. During autumn this subject is swapped for fungi work which links in to my interest in mycology, the study of mushrooms and toadstools.
As a keen animal lover whenever I get the opportunity to photograph Natural History, I jump at the chance. Whether the animal in question is in the wild or in captivity, I enjoy trying to capture the personality of the creature. When I decided to apply for a distinction award from the Royal Photographic Soceity (of which I am a member), I mainly used natural history images in the panel I presented to the judges. I was successful and obtained my LRPS status.
In recent years I have started to use Photoshop more and more to change my photographs into creative artwork. I mainy concentrated on landscape images to create various stylised pictures. Also I have taken my panoramic photography further by creating equi-rectangular images, which shows a complete 360x180 view. These images are then processed using sterographic projection to create "little planets" of the image. It was some of these images that won the BADAC Innovation Award in 2013. This style of photography is also something I wish to develop further.