Up close and far awayThursday, June 30, 2022
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I am a professional ecologist and photographer from Exeter, UK who has worked with wildlife for more than 30 years. Whilst I still have a passion for other photo genres, I specialise in nature photography - especially macro work with insects.
I switched to Olympus in early 2018 from Canon because I loved the lightweight, versatile nature of this kit, as well as the superb quality of the Pro lenses and wonderful in-body IS. I still shoot film sometimes - with a 1979 Olympus OM2 which always generates interest from passers by.
For wildlife work I use an OM-1 body, together with the amazing 150-400mm F4.5 lens. This stays on most of the time - even for many of my small critter shots. I also use the 40-150mm f2.8 Pro, a 60mm macro and 12-100 f4 lenses.
My writing regularly appears in print – I have recently written articles for Amateur Photographer and Outdoor Photography magazines - and in 2022 I had tutorial articles on photographing bats in flight published on-line by the USA-based camera trapping company Cognisys, as well as on the website ‘Nature TTL’. In 2018 I won the macro category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards and have had several non-macro images commended in this and other competitions since. I 2022 I was shortlisted for the Close-up Photographer of the Year, and was awarded a Fellowship level distinction from the Royal Photographic Society, for a panel of 20 wildlife images.
I run workshops and 1:1s, as well as giving presentations to camera clubs where I get to pursue my other passion – talking about photography and wildlife!