I’m a nature and landscape photographer living in Oxfordshire in the South of England. This blog contains notes and images covering my various encounters with the natural world, both at home and abroad.
I have generally used Nikon bodies and a range of lenses, my favourite and most used of which are my 200 f/4 micro, and 24 and 85 PC-E Tilt-Shifts.
I have now entered the different world of film photography, predominantly with a focus on large format. In addition to inheriting a Canon A-1 35mm, I have invested in a Linhof Technikardan S45 and 6 lenses, using mostly Fujichrome Velvia 50 for colour (with some scenes shot on Ektar 100 and Provia 100F) and Ilford Delta 100 for black & white.
For macro work I have used both the wonderful Nikon D3S and D800E, on a solid Gitzo 3540LS tripod with Manfrotto 410 or Induro BHL3 heads and Novoflex Castel-L focusing rack. For active butterflies, I can also handhold this setup (even with D800E), using a Nikon SB600 speedlight diffused with a MicroApollo Softbox, via a Wimberley macro bracket.
My current list of lenses is (February 2017):
For Nikon DSLR: Nikon 18-200VR (solely as a travel lens in good light with D300, which doesn’t get many outings these days); Nikon 24 f/3.5 PC-E tilt0-shift; 60 f/2.8micro; Nikon 70-200 f/4 VR; Nikon 85 f/2.8 PC-E tilt-shift; Nikon 200 f/4 micro; Nikon 300 f/4 (+ 1.4TC and a set of Kenko extension tubes);
for Canon A-1: 50mm f/1.8FD; 35-70FD zoom; 70-210FD zoom;
for large format 5×4: Nikkor SW 75mm f/5.6, Fujinon SWD 90mm f/5.6, Schneider-Kreuznach 150mm f/5.6 APO-Symmar MC, Nikkor W 210mm f/5.6, Nikkor M 300mm f/9; Fujinon 400mm T f/8.
I also carry a range of Lee filters: a set of both hard and soft grads, a 1.2ND, a Big Stopper, and a 105mm circular polarizer, fitting in both the basic foundation holder and the universal bellows hood.
For large format I also use a Sekonic L-758DR light meter, a Silvestri 4x loupe, a Paramo dark cloth, and a variety of different colours of Silvestri cable releases (you can’t have enough cable releases, it seems!). I can carry all the film-gear in or attached to a Lowepro Whistler BP 450AW backpack.
On site on the Greek island of Samos, photographing Ophrys episcopalis var. samia and Orchis sancta with D3s and 200f4:
On site in Lathkill Dale shooting Large Format with the Linhof: