how we got here...
December 2015, I purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72EB-K in a Black Friday deal online. The sudden decision to buy a camera was for an upcoming trip to Amsterdamn for NYE. A friend who selflessly offered to drive us there thought the ferry was at 6pm when in fact, it was at 6am. He didn't wake up in time and it was November 2018 when I eventually visited Netherlands.
Lumix was a great entry camera, a 20mm ultra wide angle and 60x zoom was very vertisle, allowing me to effortlessly switch between landscape and macro. I highly recommend this camera to anyone thinking of taking-up wildlife/nature photography.
To the (top) left is my first ever photograph of wildlife, a Blackbird taken in Epping Forest on a walk with my Dog, Dad and Mum.
It wasn't until June 2017 after a trip to the West coast of USA that I had saved enough to by my first DSLR, a Canon 5D Mark III which was accompanied by a 70-200mm 2.8l lens, still my favourite lens to use. I soon realised that the 200m focal length was far too short (unless photographing Deer). When a X2 extender wasn't enough, I decided to buy another lens, the very good value for money Sigma 150-600mm. Similar to the Lumix, the 150-600 zoom gives lots of flexibility but lacks the quality of a a Canon.
Since Christmas 2017, I have been using my Canon 16-35mm 2.8l lens for my landscape shots. I still think I'm yet to make the most of this lens.
As of May 2019, a timely addition before a trip to Scotland was a Canon 5D Mark IV, which improves the frames p/sec and the tracking sensor, which is of high importance when photographing moving objects, such as birds in flight.
Awards & Nominations:
Highly Commended in British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 with an image of a Red Grouse of Scottish Moor
Winner of category 'Nature's Funny Side' Essex Wildlife Trust Photography Awards 2019
Highly Commended in BBC Countryfile Calendar 2020 competition
with an image of a Little Owl relaxing against a tree trunk