Photography has always been one of my hobbies growing up, as well as being a keen, active sportsman.
Since giving up playing cricket on a regular basis I am still passionate about all forms of sport and have turned my hand to being behind the camera at sports events rather than on the field!
My love of sport has led me to be heavily involved with local Sports Clubs in the Essex area, as a photographer, taking 1000’s of images, capturing the right moment to reflect the occasion and creating memories for clubs, teams and players.
It’s through these clubs that I’ve been fortunate enough for some of my images to have been used on greeting cards, which have appeared nationally in Clinton Cards and Marks & Spencer as well as in many publications including The Daily Telegraph Online, The Echo Newspaper in Essex as well as BBC Essex on line.
I am always interested in any sporting events that may benefit from my photography and look to broaden my portfolio with other areas of interest. I particularly enjoy long walks with my dogs and capturing the natural landscape and from time to time even take the odd selfie!
To help me to excel in my field of Sports Photography, I use Nikon camera equipment, of which I own two Nikon D500 bodies. These both offer phenomenal power and precision, enabling me to shoot up to 10 Frames per second! I have just replaced my Nikon D810 with the new “pro” Nikon D850, which was released in 2017. It helps me keep up with my photographic adventures from the studio to the remotest places on Earth. It is a 45.7-megapixel DSLR, back-illuminated, with a full-frame CMOS sensor and has a extended battery life. Some of these features are just the start of this new DSLR’s capabilities. It also has a tough magnesium-alloy body and all-weather sealing allowing me to take its power wherever I want to go!
With regards to my lens collection I only use Nikon products. My camera bag consists of the following:- a NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR Telephoto Zoom, which enables me to get close up to the action, as well as the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II, giving me all round versatility.
My “Lens Collection” also consists of the following, a NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 ED VR, which is great for group shots, and a NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 G ED Micro VR, which is ideal for portrait photography, along with the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 G, all of which help me capture the action close up as well as being able to expand my photographic skills and techniques. Added to this I have 3 x Nikon speed-lights, an SB-600 & 2 x SB 700’s, to capture those indoor shots in low light conditions! I have recently added a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR, and have also been fortunate enough to acquire a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR, which will now give me that all-round versatility as I look to venture into other areas of photography, such as portraiture, landscapes & buildings. Last but not least, Santa was kind to me this Xmas (2018), bringing me a Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens which will be great also for Wildlife & Sports. 2019 has also seen me add to my lens collection, with the introduction of a Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S, great for portraits, weddings and those low-light situations.
It is important to me to work with two cameras, as sport can be fast moving, and you need to be able to capture the right moment, whether the action is far away or close by. Having to hand the various focal length lenses means that I am well catered for, being versatile in order to adapt to the changing conditions of the game/sport, making sure that I get that vital image. Also by possessing these various focal length lenses, it is enabling me to branch into other fields of photography.
With regards to the above all my images are “shot” in “Raw“, which is a file that captures all image data recorded by the camera’s sensor. This allows for much more editing than in jpeg files, giving the client a higher level of quality & detail in the final processed image.
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