I am originally from Yorkshire and moved down to Christchurch in Dorset over 20 years ago after many years working at British Steel.
I have always been interested in photography and my first SLR was a Fujica ST605. After many more film cameras I moved to digital in 2005.
I have realised that to get good pictures, planning is essential. You can get lucky with the light but planning always gets better results in the end. I plan my shoots, but as the weather does not always play ball I try to have a back up plan. I love walking and the Jurassic coast and the New Forest are right on my doorstep. This gives me plenty of photo opportunities without going too far.
I started to take photography much more seriously with the coming of digital. I originally did all my processing in Photoshop and have learnt a lot over the years. Since 2011 I have used Lightroom, and now seldom go into Photoshop, preferring to keep my pictures more as seen.
I did a part time college course on photography for three years. I have also learnt a lot through magazines and websites, though I have learnt most through spending hours out with my camera and I find I need to do less in Photoshop.
In 2015 and 2017 I had images commended in Landscape Photographer Of The Year
The best equipment will not make you a better photographer, but it certainly helps. I want my pictures to be as good as possible and so I use a full frame DSLR from Nikon.
Currently I use:
Camera - Nikon D850
Lenses - Nikon 16-35 F4
Nikon 24-70 F2.8
Nikon 24-120 F4
Nikon 70-200 F4
Nikon 1.7 tele converter
Nikon SB700 Flash
Lowepro camera bag.
Tripod Manfrotto 055CX PRO 4 with a Sirui head.
The excellent Lee filter system
To keep my feet dry and warm Muck Boots a real essential
For processing, I use a 27inch iMac with Lightroom and Photoshop for editing.