This is an invitation. An invitation to escape from the rat race for a minute or an hour. To see the world through my eyes to hike through the rapidly diminishing wilds of our country. To marvel at birds in flight, trees and the joy of an early morning sun rising noiselessly over dew-soaked fields. Heralding another new day.
I can still remember the very first set of landscape images I took. Perched on the side of Snowdon where an aunt very patiently taught a highly impatient 9-year-old about the foreground. I can still see that first shot, a pale black and white image, of a cloud-covered peak and the fascination that it brought to me
I have been intrigued and frustrated by photography ever since that first day but it was a couple of years before I got my own SLR a fully manual Zenith TTL. The key thing is it was fully manual so no fretting about how to use any camera on manual. I had that camera for several years before it finally came to grief outside a railway station when I moved to Cambridge
Largely self-taught I have studied and obtained a city and guilds in photography and recently started to study a degree in photography. The City and guilds was using a film camera and the degree was digital
I caught if not the first stages of Digital, the second rush. Nikon again. The most basic camera kit I could buy? This was it. I have images taken from that time. There is no way that anyone would see what I took and particularly what went through post-processing at that time.
From the D40 I got a D90 when it was first launched. then subsequently a D610 and a D800 there is a full kit list below.
To date, I have been making images since I was 9 but only really started in earnest when I was 14 or 15. That is over 40 years and one thing I have learnt is that no matter how much you know there is always more to learn and experience.
Despite everything, I still enjoy the freedom of escaping to the wilds either for a day, week, or longer. I can hear myself think and the countryside is never dull or boring it always provides interest, from ducks splash landing in the river to birds of prey sailing effortlessly overhead. To the wind in the trees or the soft lapping of water at the shoreline.
Each of these things tells a story of the land we live in, the land I love.
Nikon D610 camera body. My favourite
Nikon D800 Camera
Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 My workhorse lens rarely go anywhere without it really sharp.
Nikkor 70-200 f4 Don't need f2.8 never need that shallow depth of field and it weighs a ton.
Nikkor 18-35 Don't miss the 2mm loss on the focal length rarely need to go wider
Sigma 105 Macro. Used more of a short telephoto than a macro
Selection of Lee filters.
Manfrotto Carbon fibre Tripod
Arca swiss Ball head
F Stop Shuka camera bag big and comfortable to hike with all day can take food camera gear and waterproofs
Sekonic light meter. An old one that was discontinued 7 or 8 years ago
As a side note. Half of this kit was purchased second-hand. There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly financial, secondly the environmental impact that constantly buying new gear has on the world. I see no reason to add to the burden just because the gear is a little out of date.