Capturing wildlife and nature in one form or another has been with me since I was a child. I would sit and draw birds of prey for hours on end, trying to capture their elegant characteristics in the picture.
Since having my children being out in nature naturally happened more, which opened up my senses to the natural world. I started to really notice the wildlife around me which is where my love of wildlife photography blossomed.
It wasn’t long after purchasing my first DSLR that I realised I had outgrown my medium telephoto lens. I really wanted to focus my photography on birds, from kingfishers to the larger birds of prey. Not only capturing them close up but from a wider perspective too. Showing them in their natural habitat creating environmental images really draws the viewer in, engaging that connection into their world.
Having a good zoom range for all aspects of my wildlife photography was paramount. Also, when out in the field capturing action which happens all too quickly means there’s often no time for changing lenses. I chose the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens paired with my Canon 7d Mark 2. The lens feels comfortable to hold and instinctively natural to adjust the zoom range. Despite being a long telephoto lens, the ‘C’ version is perfectly manageable as a handheld lens. I often walk miles with this setup along with a good shoulder strap. I almost never use tripods as I find them too restrictive especially when photographing birds in flight or lying flat on the floor for the low angle image. I absolutely love the freedom of hand-holding.
On the other end of the scale I love all things small in nature. The intricate details of nature are so very often overlooked. During the summer months I spend a lot of my spare time in my local area focusing on my macro photography. Seeing the world from a different perspective.
For all my macro photography I use the SIGMA 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS MACRO mainly focussing on butterflies, dragonflies & damselflies.
My inspiration comes from the beauty in the natural world. It’s easy to rush on by but taking the time to observe the beauty in everything which can so easily be missed. It’s the intricate details that the eye can’t always see but through the macro lens there’s a wonderful little world out there waiting to be captured.
Surprisingly most of my photos are taken close to home even in my little back garden. You really don’t need to go far to capture something special.
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