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Lake Windermere


Photographers can often get bogged down by “gear”.  Yes, your choice of equipment is important in terms of its application (it's hard to photograph wildlife with a 24mm lens) but these days it’s possible to capture an amazing image on a mobile ‘phone simply by pointing it in the right direction.  Therefore although what follows is a brief history of my own cameras and I love experimenting with new technology - both hardware and software - it’s important to remember that ultimately the joy is in capturing the image while absorbing and embracing the world around us...

When I was eight years of age, my birthday gift was a Polaroid Land Camera 1000SE.  It made my photography both instant and infuriating.  Polaroid film was difficult to store and old film exhibited all sorts of terrible colour casts, something there was no way of knowing until you pressed the shutter.

At age twelve, Mrs. Duxbury (a teacher at my school) gave me a fully-manual vintage Leica, and along with a high-quality light meter I used it to learn the principles of photography and composition.  At the time I had no idea how lucky I was, but as a result I saved up for an Olympus SLR, then an unreliable Praktica and all manner of both 35mm and 110mm point-and-shoot models.

In 1996, an Olympus Camedia C-400 became my first digital camera.  A whopping 0.35 megapixels.  It wasn’t much more than a (very) expensive toy, but it set the tone for years to come and a 3.3 megapixel Olympus C-3020 was soon to follow.

Digital was a revelation and required a whole new discipline of image processing, but the cameras I had used lacked the level of control afforded by a good film SLR.  Having tried (and disliked) an Olympus Camedia E-10 along came…

...the Canon EOS D30, a ground-breaking, true SLR that produced exceptionally clean images and had full manual control.  I haven’t shot on film since (February 2001), and today I still love that camera more than the Canon EOS D60 and just as much as the EOS 5D Mark II that followed.

Today my bodies of choice are the fabulous Sony α7R III for landscapes, a mirrorless camera that has an incredible dynamic range, super-fast auto-focus and boasts a 42.3MP sensor and a Sony α9, the current auto-focus king for anything that moves.  I also shoot some images on a Sony α7 III and more casually, a Sony RX100M3.  As a backup I use a Canon EOS 5DS DSLR, still a beast in terms of resolution and yet another challenge for photographic technique and accompanying hardware.

Brockhole, Lake Windermere

Current Gear

  • Canon EOS 5DS

  • Sony α7R III

  • Sony α7 III

  • Sony α9

  • Sony DSC-RX100M3

  • Sony ZV-1

  • Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

  • Irix 11mm f/4.0 Blackstone

  • Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM

  • Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS

  • Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS

  • Sony 1.4× Teleconverter

  • RØDE Lavalier GO

  • RØDE VideoMic

  • Zoom H1n

  • Canon TC-80N3 Cable Remote Control

  • Sony RM-VPR1 Remote Commander

  • B+W 82mm XS-Pro Käsemann HTC Circular Polarising Filter

  • Lee Filters - graduated, ND and polarising

  • Manfrotto 756CX3 Mdeve Carbon Fibre Tripod

  • Manfrotto MKBFRC4-BH Befree Carbon Fibre Tripod

  • Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 Ball Head

  • Nodal Ninja 6 Panoramic Head

  • Adobe Lightroom Classic 2020

  • Adobe Photoshop 2020

  • DxO PhotoLab

  • DxO Nik Collection

  • Photomatrix Pro

  • PTGui Pro

  • Topaz Denoise AI

  • Manfrotto 3N1-35 PL Pro Light Backpack

  • Manfrotto 30L Offroad Hiking Backpack

  • Manfrotto MB MP-H-50BB Professional Plus 50 DSLR Camera Holster Bag

  • Manfrotto TLB-600 Backpack

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