I live and do much of my photography in the Chilterns. This is also where I run PhotoCoach Workshops.
I have been a photographer all my life! Other careers simply put this on hold for a while.
Those other careers were Architecture & Interior Design, Sales & Marketing and Executive Coaching.
Many of the skills used in those careers are also used in my photography;
- structure and balance
- contrast and line
- the visual image and, most importantly,
- the feeling of the place
- and when leading workshops for groups or individuals, my experience as a Coach helps each individual person to learn and develop in the way that is best for them.
So what about the photography? As you have seen, my photography is mainly landscape and details of nature.
I never cease to be captivated by the changing light on the land, the sea and the changes of the seasons.
Even the dullest, wettest weather creates new possibilities for making photographs.
I make most of my photographs using large format cameras. At the time that many people were going digital, I went Victorian!
I am often asked why I use an old-fashioned, heavy, slow, difficult to use camera.
Well, the camera is actually new and isn't slow; the main reason is that it helps me to think about the composition of my photograph and engage with the landscape without rush or hurry.
And a large format camera can create images that no other type of camera can. The final reason is that the quality of the finished image is outstanding.
My photographs are published in books, magazines, as calendars, greetings cards, web sites and of course, individual prints. Details of these are shown on the 'Prints & Cards'
page.Please contact me if you want to know more about my photography.
If you have a passion for photography then you probably have more than a passing interest in cameras and photo gear. Or you might like to know more about the tools I use to create my photographs.
My two main cameras are an Ebony SU and an Ebony SW45. This type of camera can make photographs that are impossible to make with any other sort of camera - digital or film - and the Ebonys are wonderful cameras to use.
Both cameras use 5" x 4" sheet film and a 6cm x 9cm roll-film back; my choice of film is usually Fuji Velvia.
Lenses for the Ebonys are a mix of Rodenstock, Schneider, & Fuji with focal lengths of 75mm, 90mm, 150mm, 210mm & 300mm. No auto-focus or electronics here - they have clockwork shutters!
I also use a Bronica SQAi medium format - 6cm x 6cm - with 50mm, 80mm, 150mm and 250mm lenses.
A trusty old Olympus OM4 and OM2n with an assortment of Zuiko lenses is now used mainly for infrared photography and my choice of film was Kodak - I am now down to my last 3 rolls of this outstanding film.
Neutral Density graduated filters are essential for landscape photography as the film simply cannot handle the contrast in brightness between the sky and the land. Filters are also essential for controlling the colour of the light that is 'seen' by the film. My filters are all made by Lee.
For measuring the light I use a Sekonic spotmeter and as most of my photographs are made using a shutter speed of 1 second or longer, a tripod is essential. I use a Gitzo GT3540LS or G1227 carbon fibre or a Manfrotto 0550pro fitted with either a Manfrotto 410 geared head or hydrostatic ball-head.
The 5" x 4" kit is carried in a Lowepro Pro-Trekker; smaller bags just ain't big enough.
Digital...........I do use a Canon 5D and a Ricoh GX100 digital camera and I use them constantly. They are easy to use and being able to see your picture immediately is wonderful. However, the 'feel' of digital images is not the same as 5" x 4" and so I can see that for the next few years I will still be carrying 20kgs of large format equipment.