With the advent of digital SLRs my enthusiasm for photography was sparked again with a trip to the Galapagos in November 2009. With a little help from a friend on selecting a camera (a Canon 450D at the time) and lens and a little basic instruction I started taking wildlife shots; sometimes successfully and many times not so!
Looking back, those original shots weren't very good - I have learned a lot since then. It did make me think though that if there had been a bit more guidance around, and maybe an introduction to some of my local nature spots, that I could have got a lot more from wildlife photography much earlier.
My working career was as a marketing manager for a high tech electronics company; redundancy at the end of 2015 means my main focus now can be on wildlife and photography. Hopefully, with more time available, I can pass on some of the things I learned with talks and tuition whilst perhaps selling some images to cover costs.
My view of "wild" is everything other than domesticated animals and human beings! So, whilst most of my images are captured in the wild, I will present a few images in captivity. Most of us don't have the time or money to spend as the top professionals do to get the prefect shots so I believe wildlife parks, some zoos and commercial hides are valid locations.
I do try to capture animals in a natural way as possible, even if they aren't in their natural environment. I always try to approach animals in the wild with maximum consideration for their well-being and minimal disturbance.
My local patch for wildlife photography is around the north west of England. It never fails to amaze me what wonderful wildlife is available on your doorstep; only recently did I discover local places to regularly see owls in flight and brown hares up close. I keep a wildlife diary so I can remember what happens where and, importantly, when.
Camera: Canon EOS 7D MKII
Main Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
Extender: Canon EF 1.4x III Extender