My first interest in photography started when I was young and I can remember watching my grandad photographing the birds that came to feed in his garden. Inspired, I started off with a basic 35MM point and press film camera and did not know anything about ISO, F-Stops etc.

My first ever photo was of a steam train and I can remember taking the photo to this day. I was sitting down along the grass bank whilst my father was up a tree (hoping to get a better photo). My father said “When I shout now press the shutter button”. Of course, with the noise of the train I never actually heard him shout and pressed the shutter button when I thought I should. The result was a very nice and perfect photo and I think mine was better than his. I had a printed version on my wall for a number of years.

When I first saw and handled a digital camera, I was introduced to the Kodak 2.0 Mega Pixel camera with a 32MB memory card (you would not fit many raw files on that size memory card now). I was very impressed with the quality of the images it took and that if I took a bad photo, I could see without having to get a film processed first!

Over the years, and as digital cameras increased in spec and mega pixels, I had a number of Kodak and bridge cameras before taking a break from still cameras.

I have a very keen interest in Ornithology and Lepidoptera and decided to step away from still cameras and took up taking video and using a camcorder for a few years. It was nice to see the subject I was trying to capture actually move.

After seeing digital SLR’s and that they could record video as well as taking photos I decided to look at purchasing my first DSLR. This was a whole new world to me with learning what lens I would need, how F-Stops & ISO worked and which brand to go for. After much research I purchased a Canon 550D and decided I needed to find someone to help me learn the camera.

I saw a local camera club holding their annual photographic exhibition and decided to enquire if they offered advise and guidance on cameras. After discussions I joined the camera club and since then have enjoyed belonging to it and improving my photography. For the last three years I have also been on their committee and taken on the role as one of their competition secretaries.

I have recently changed my DSLR again and have remained with Canon (sorry Nikon users)

Some of my butterfly photos were used for a butterfly field guide book by Michael Easterbrook. The book is called: Butterflies of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide

Butterflies of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide

I enter mostly internal camera club competitions, but have entered the odd external competitions. I entered the KCPA Annual Exhibition and one of my photos was chosen to be displayed, which I am quite proud of. The image was of a Black-Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Black-Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthetrum cancellatum)
Black-Tailed Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthetrum cancellatum)

I have also, for many years tried to take a photo of a Kingfisher. At a local nature reserve, I see one or two down at the lake area during the autumn months and finally managed to photograph one back in 2017. I was then told about another area to try and managed to get some decent photos (at last) in 2018.

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

I belong to and support a number of charities, including Vinters Valley, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB.

I hope you enjoy visiting my website and looking through some of the photos I manage to capture.