Most of the images I take are of nature or things I've seen whilst out walking. I'm not into studio stuff with fancy lighting....I'd rather let nature supply the light and I'll work with that.
I'm fascinated by the beauty of our world and try to show this in my images and it is why I’ve never limited myself to doing only landscape or wildlife. Looking at a photograph affords us the opportunity to pause and spend time appreciating a scene that may have lasted but a brief, transitory moment but one that is captured for all-time for us to study and contemplate at our leisure.
The Peak District and Derbyshire in general is a wonderful place to live and work. The dramatic High Peak moorland, the gently rolling valleys of the White Peak and the numerous pretty villages are a constant source if inspiration. Each adds myriad birds and animals seemingly for our endless enjoyment and wonderment. All we need to do is to take the time to stop and appreciate it.
Visit Peak District (the tourist board) have included me as one of their Destination Partner Photographers, which means that I supply them with images and they use these images to promote Derbyshire and the Peaks as a tourist destination. I’m honoured to be involved with them and to help promote an area which is dear to my heart.
If I’m out for a day’s photography I usually have a walking rucsac on my back and a camera slung over each shoulder. I use a Canon 5D with a Canon L 24-105mm lens for landscape/general work and a Canon 40D with a Canon L 300mm lens for wildlife. However, that’s not to say that I limit myself too rigidly, I’ve taken landscape images with the 300mm lens and vice versa.
I often carry my trusty Manfrotto tripod. It is over 25 years old and has a simple but effective ball-mount head. Filters are limited to a couple of graduated neutral-density Cokin ones plus a circular polarzing filter to help give clouds more definition and it also cut-down on surface reflections from water. Both lenses have UV filters on them as I’m paranoid about scratching the front of the lens, especially as I regularly find myself climbing rocks or crawling through undergrowth!
In a number of images I have limited the colour only to the subject itself in order to emphasize the particular beauty of a flower or animal. I use Photoshop for this, firstly de-saturating the image then using the ‘history brush’ tool to put the original colour back into the desired areas.
I use Canon equipment, which isn’t to say that I think it’s better than other brands but it’s what I’ve always used and have become accustomed to the feel of it.
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