Nick Bartrum, Nature and Wildlife Photographer
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 R5 - I absolutely love this camera.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - An old one, but a good one. Although I must confess I rarely use it.
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender - An extremely useful extra when shooting with my R5 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 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 R6 Mark II - what an amazing back up camera this would be, it's low light performance is meant to be awesome.
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS III Lens - It's lighter than the my 500mm lens with a longer focal length, but it's an eye watering £13,409.00!