Hello and welcome to my website. I am based in Chippenham, Wiltshire and I specialise in Landscape and Underwater Photography although I am passionate about all forms of photography.

 

A bit about me

Photography has always been a passion of mine, ever since my first film camera; a German Baldixette which took 120 monochrome roll film. Great fun taking photos from the Birkenhead to Liverpool ferry and then rushing to the chemist to get the film developed. Not long afterwards my Dad set up a dark room in the shed and we started developing and printing our own photos. Years later I bought an Olympus Trip which I still have today and is still in perfect working order. That was followed by an Olympus OM-10 and then I got into digital in 2004 with the first camera specifically designed for digital - the Olympus E-1. I still use Olympus DSLRs for certain types of photography, mainly close-up and macro with the E-5 and E-30 bodies.

In the early 2000's I took up SCUBA diving and, naturally, I had to start taking underwater photographs. My first underwater rig was an Olympus C-2020Z in an Olympus housing which was quickly followed with an Olympus C-8080WZ in an Ikelite housing. Then came an E-3 in Ikelite housing with twin DS-125 strobes and now my current rig is the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a Nauticam housing with DS-161 strobes.

I found that my learning paths above and below water complemented each other and the fun and joy of photography was more than doubled.

 

Landscape equipment

My main camera for landscape  "Top Side" photography is the Nikon 36 megapixel D810. This camera does not have an anti-aliasing filter over the image sensor which results in bitingly sharp images. My lenses are the Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens and Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens which give superb edge and corner sharpness and image detail.

I use filters extensively in my work and my choice is the Lee Filter system. These are expensive items but top quality and are absolutely essential for landscape work. Filters allow photographers to control the amount of light entering the camera and hence balance bright areas of an image with the shadows and darker tones. I use hard and soft edge Gradient Filters (ND Grads) to balance  bright skies with mid-tone landscapes, Neutral Density (ND) filters to allow longer exposure times which have the effect of blurring moving water and clouds. Filters such as the Lee "Little Stopper" and "Big Stopper" allow very long exposure times and can have the effect of "removing" people and moving objects from an image; very useful at times. The other filter I use is the Lee 105mm Circular Polariser which has the effect of boosting blue skies and removing reflections in rivers and streams.

Other equipment I use includes Manfrotto aluminium and carbon fibre tripods, Manfrotto "L" bracket and various Manfrotto ball and 3-way heads. Levelling base and Nikon MC-36 remote cord/timer.

 

Underwater equipment

For underwater photography I use the Olympus OM-D E-M1 in a Nauticam NA-EM1 marine housing and twin Ikelite DS-161 strobes in manual mode. I chose this rig configuration because of its small size, light weight, compactness and flexibility. Underwater it performs beautifully and is quite neutrally buoyant. The lenses I use are the Lumix 7-14mm f/4.0 LUMIX G Vario lens for wide-angle shots such as shipwrecks, reefs and seascapes. For close-up and macro I use the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 Macro M.ZUIKO Digital ED Lens. These lenses are beautifully sharp and perform superbly behind the Nauticam ports.

 

Wildlife equipment

For wildlife photography I chose the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system. My main reasons for going this way was for the x2 crop factor of the system. This meant that with the introduction of the 300mm f/4.0 IS Zuiko lens (and EC -14 teleconverter) the whole Micro Four Thirds system became a serious rival for the more established large DSLR cameras. The 300mm f/4.0 lens is the equivalent of 600mm in 35mm Full Frame systems and when used with the EC-14 TC the effective length is 840mm. The price of the 300mm lens is a fraction of the equivalent lens prices for DSLR systems. The Micro Four Thirds range uses CSC mirrorless cameras and the whole system is very much lighter and smaller than the other formats.

 


So, thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy looking through my galleries. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about how I work or if you would like further information on any of my images.