Thank you for taking the time to visit my 'Photography & Blog' Page.
However, before I go any further, I must say that this possessive title is not exactly representative of the site's contents. Why? - Well more recently, I decided to include a number of images taken by my ever patient wife, as without her contributions 'off-camera', there would be no 'My'. Furthermore, though she will never admit it, she captures some great photographs well worthy of sharing.
As you can see, my interest centres on two main topics: the fascinating natural world and the absorbing dynamic of black & white photography. But let me stress, that I am very much the amateur. It's certainly no secret, that I employ photography to complement my love for the great outdoors. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the challenges photography brings to the table and of course, the satisfaction in sharing the results. Combined, it's a great way to keep mind, body and sole active.
The images galleried in 'Our Encounters With The Natural World' are individually identified and I have gone to some lengths to ensure the information you see, corresponds to the image depicted. However, there may well be some animal or insect species where my identification is incorrect. If you should identify an error, please don't hesitate to contact me via any on my social media links above or directly by email. In a small number of cases, I have used the label 'NYID', this indicates that the displayed image has not yet been identified. For anyone that is interested, I have provided a list of just a few of the websites used during my endeavours to ID my avian, flora and fauna collections.
The final stage of my avocation is simply to share these images with you. I am mindful that there are now countless high quality web sites dedicated to all aspects of photography, particularly those with a focus on the natural world; and I understand that you may feel this site is not worth visiting. Of course, I truly hope this is not the case and that you can find time to browse and enjoy these galleries. To me they are the culmination of an engaging personal activity and your enjoyment of the finished product is very much the icing on the cake.
I am a huge fan of micro four thirds cameras and in particular the Lumix DC-G9 and DC-G80. My work-horse lens is the Pan/Leica 100-400mm ƒ/4-6.3 ASPH Power OIS DG Vario-Elmar, supported by the Pan/Leica 12-60mm ƒ2.8-4 DG Vario-Emarit lens and the Olympus M.ZUIKO 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. For lighting, I use a Godox VING V860IIO TTL Li-Ion Flash and a Godox X1T-O Wireless 2.4 GHZ TTL/HSS Trigger for off camera subject lighting.
Lumix DC-G9 with 100-400mm lens & power pack - image whyoubuy
Here are three of my favourite galleries. They represent just a small selection of wildlife images, collected from around the United Kingdom over the last few years.
All images are my own and mainly captured using a Lumix DC-G9 camera with Panasonic Leica or Olympus lenses. However, a number of my earlier images, were captured using an Olympus OMD E-M-10 MkII and Leica 100-400mm zoom lens.
Again I would stress, that I am very much the amateur when it comes to capturing the fabulous nature around us; but I am now fortunate enough to add this challenging dynamic, to my love of the great outdoors.
I also wish to highlight, that a significant number of the images you see, are largely attributable to my wife, who's undoubtedly the best 'spotter' I could wish for.
Finally, the images contained in 'Flora & Forna' and 'Macro Images' represent just a small selection of our encounters with the natural world and very much incidental to our time outdoors. I have also included a number of images captured by my wife using her Lumix DC-TZ95 or more recently, her Lumix DC-G80.
I THANK those who take the time to explore these galleries.
I have long been interested in black and white photography. For me monochrome has a unique visual texture, producing a fabulous atmospheric two dimensional clarity to the image. We all know this was greatly exploited by early Edwardian and Victorian photographers, such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Adamson and Juliet Margaret Cameron to name but a few. It is undeniable that the work of these early pioneering photographers, had a massive impact on how society interpreted the world around them. Furthermore, history has shown that photography quickly expanded from the creative art form, to an unparalleled means of recording social history.Of course in everyday photography, both 'schools' are spontaneously mixed, when the camera is unconsciously employed by anyone wishing to record a moment in time - social or otherwise.
Any visual record dramatically paints a thousand words in our minds; particularly in this dangerous, lightening-fast, uncertain digital world of today. But for me personally, monochrome is much more. It generates 'drama' and permits a modest (otherwise untapped) creativity, sometimes from the simplest of subjects.
Again I would stress that I am very much the amateur and record my black and white images solely for pleasure. They are largely incidental to my time spent in the great outdoors, where my focus largely rests on photographing our native birds and wildlife.
Our 'Collections' portfolio, include two galleries: the 'House of Black and White' and simply, the 'Gallery'. These exhibit a selection of images recorded using my hardworking Lumix DC-G9 camera with various Leica lenses. I have also included a number of images recorded by my ever patient wife, whose uses either a Lumix DC-TZ95 or DC-G80 camera. Most of the images were recorded handheld, using natural light and processed using basic Apple photographic software. However, more recently, some images have been post-processed using Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop.
Finally, I have also included some single-point colour images.
THANK YOU for visiting our 'Collections'.