Although it is now almost a cliche to say it, I have been a fan of nature and wildlife since a young age. In fact I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t!
My education involved studying ecological and palaeontological subjects to the BSc and MSc level and I have now ended up as an environmental education ranger in a country park, which is quite handy for a wildlife photographer. I don’t have to wander far to take photos in my lunch break!
I have been trying to take photos of wildlife since I was a child, when I tried and failed to use a simple 35mm Boots film camera and ended up with tiny pink spots on some grass that should have been chaffinches! In 2007 I purchased my first ‘real’ camera, a Panasonic Fz7 bridge camera, with which I learnt the basics of wildlife photography…. and got hooked!
Then in 2009, as soon as I saved up enough money, I bought my first DSLR: a Pentax k20d and a sigma 150-500mm lens and haven’t looked back. I added more lenses and kit since and upgraded through the K5 and then the K3, but then a combination of the feeling the kit was holding me back and some terrible Pentax customer service made me jump to another brand.
I decided on Nikon, but then ended up buying Olympus! I picked up a Oly EM1 mkii, 300mm F4 with teleconvertor and I haven’t looked back!
I have had some photos published and used by various conservation charities and they are now used in my wildlife talks. My speciality, if I have one, is freshwater invertebrate photography, which I achieve using my photographic aquariums. I you wish to use any of my photos, please contact me.
(Above photo by Jerry Hoare)
I currently shoot with the following
Olympus EM1 Mk II
Panasonic GH5 (for video)
Olympus 300mm F4
Olympus 1.4x teleconvertor
Olympus 60mm macro
Olympus 8mm fish eye
I used to shoot with the following (up to June 2017):
Pentax DFA 100mm
Pentax 18-55mm kit lens
Pentax 1.7x teleconvertor
Pentax 1.4x teleconvertor
Raynox DCR-150 and DCR-250 close up lenses
Photographic aquariums of various designs