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 of play!

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!

Photography Equipment

To help me to excel in my passion for photography, I only use Nikon camera equipment & lenses.

With regards to capturing all that fast moving action, I have recently acquired a Nikon D5, replacing my D500, which is Nikon’s “flagship” full frame DSLR, and shoots up to 12 fps!  This has a 20.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is great for shooting in extreme low light situations. The new image and metering sensors deliver phenomenally accurate subject recognition and image detail. The highest expanded sensitivity in Nikon’s history frees me to shoot from bright sunlight to astronomical twilight, enabling me not to miss that moment!

I also own a Nikon D850 body. The new “Pro” Nikon D850, which was released in 2017, is a professional grade full frame camera,  this helps me keep up with my photographic adventures from the studio to the remotest places on Earth, as I venture out into other areas of photography, such as Landscapes, Portraits, People & Places, Pet Photography as well as covering Corporate Events & Parties.

The D850 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!

Just recently (April 2019), I added the new Nikon Z6 24.5- megapixel mirrorless camera to my collection. Nikon’s mirrorless system is built around the world’s widest lens mount, which lets you capture more light. With more light, comes more detail, more depth, more colour, incredible photos & mesmerising movies. With this I have both the Nikkor Z 24-70 f/4 s and the Nikkor Z 14-30 f/4 s which are ideal for landscapes, portraits and shooting at parties!

With regards to my lens collection I only use Nikon products. My camera bag consists of the following:- a NIKKOR 500mm f/4 Telephoto, which enables me to get close up to the action, a great lens to say the least, for those Cricket shots, as well as the  AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II, giving me all round versatility in the sporting field.

My “Lens Collection” also consists of a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR, which is great for group shots, and a  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 a Nikon SB 700 Speed-lite, to capture those indoor shots in low light conditions! I have recently 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 landscapes, buildings & night-scenes!

Towards the end of 2018, I added a Nikon 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR  telephoto lens, which is also great for Wildlife & Sports as well as travel shots , and tight detail-oriented portraiture, its a great lens for when when you want to fill the frame.

2019 has also seen me add to my lens collection, with the introduction of a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G AF-S, great for those portraits & weddings shots in those those low-light situations, as well as a Nikon 20mm f/1.8 G ED for those creative portrait images, especially in the studio.

As I have now entered into the work of Portraiture, my latest addition is the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S. This is a fast medium telephoto lens. It is ideal for portraiture, as it offers a stellar combination of classic focal length and aperture speed. The 85 mm focal length allows for tight head and shoulder shots with extreme detail. The fast f/1.8 aperture perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh.

It is important to me to work with two/three cameras, hence having various lenses, 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 those 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, including street 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.

As seen in these publications

Rugby Football Club Photography
Rugby Football Club Photography
Jon Wagstaff Photography on Amateur Photography

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