I have been walking in the wild places of the British Isles for many years, from as far afield as Scotland, to the Derbyshire Dales and the West Country, but the Waveney Valley, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border, has always been my home patch. It is a wildlife rich corridor, a lifeline between acres of patchwork fields and big open factory floor farming.
I have walked the fenland footpaths here for more than twenty five years and enjoyed some mesmerising and enchanting encounters with the wildlife of the valley.
A few years ago, I decided to buy a camera with the aim of trying to capture the wildlife I encountered during my meanders. The challenge of getting close to nature is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and it is addictive.
It is my deep love of nature that keeps me going back. It is always a sanctuary and an inspiration.
Current photography gear:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV - My favourite camera. The image quality and low light performance make this my go to camera every time.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - An old one, but a good one. It's the perfect stand in camera, and with 10fps and the extra reach due to the 1.6 crop factor, it makes it a superb wildlife photography camera.
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender - An extremely useful extra when shooting with my 5D IV and my 500mm lens, just giving me that extra little bit of reach without compromising image quality.
Canon EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens - I'm not a huge macro photographer, but when I do dabble this is often the lens I go to. It's just quality glass through and through.
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM Lens - This is such a versatile lens. It can be used for wildlife, macro and landscape photography. Coupled with the 7D II it makes a superb carry round wildlife shooting package.
Canon EF 500mm f4 L IS II USM Lens - My favourite lens. It may be big and a little unwieldy, but for quality results it hits the mark every time. It's pin sharp at f4 and blurs background detail beautifully. This is my lens of choice.
Dream photography gear:
Canon EOS 1DX Mark III - Well what wildlife photographer wouldn't want one these? I would love the low light performance, auto focus and speed. Not to mention the smart controller for adjusting the focus points, it must make it so much faster, and as every wildlife photographer knows, quick reactions matter.
Canon EOS R5 - Am I ready to jump into the world of mirrorless cameras yet? Now that the R5 is here, will it live up to the hype? I've been following the development of this eagerly, and I like just about everything I've seen so far. The fps, the advanced animal subject tracking AF, the 45 mp resolution , the RF lens mount and new lenses, but will it be any good for a wildlife photographer? Also, it is quite expensive...
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS III Lens - It's lighter than the 500mm lens with a longer focal length, but it's an eye watering £12,999.00!