I became interested in photography before I became a teenager, my first camera was basically a pinhole camera taking 8 pictures to a 120 reel of film. I progressed to 135 and transparencies

Holidays spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were photographic nirvana to me. Crossing the Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar, travelling to Penzance by train, and finally aboard the "Great White Stomach Pump" aka the Scillonian

During the 90's, I virtually gave up photography. In 2008, having moved to the New Forest, my interest was rekindled. In 2012, I purchased my first "serious" camera, 2014 ditched the semi automatic camera modes in favour of manual and feeling the need to undertake some formal training, enrolled with First Point Photography which run a three week full time course. This has been completed

My 2018 goal is to achieve my LRPS, and to enter more photo competitions. After all, the two I have entered achieved  runner up and winner.

Always to continue to improve, and study, hence the quote from Leo Palmer on my homepage

At the end of each year to look back at the previous year and see improvement

Photographers that have been an inspiration

Helmut Newton for portrait with a touch of glamour, eroticism, even to Playboy shoots

Gina Milicia. Sicilian born Gina moved to Australia and has photographed just about every celebrity worldwide over the past 25 years or so

Quote " Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’ both in studio and on location, especially when working with people." She also has  a wicked sense of humour and a passion for Nutella - Link

The Gibson family, especially Frank, local photographers to the Isles of Scilly.

Dog and pet photographers  Elke Vogelsang Rachael Hale McKenna and Arica Dorff

Railway photographers -  O Winston Link, Bishop Eric Treacy, Mike Esau

Sport and action - Lucas Gilman, Dave "a good photograph is knowing where to stand" Black, and Graham "the cycling photographer" Watson, the latter showing how to identify a niche market and make a success of it.


Nikon D810, 24 - 70 and 100 - 400 for full frame.

Canon 7dii 18 - 135, 100 - 400mm,  for sport action and wildlife - the 7dii has an impressive burst rate but am tempted to go entirely Nikon with the launch of the D850

Flashes - pixapro 580 (x2) I like the Li-ion batteries because they last longer than AA's and if running low do not start taking longer to charge the flash resulting in missed shots. Canon 550 speedlight x2, Yongnuo x1. All tilt and swivel.

Viltrox external monitor, both for low angle shots and offers tethered view of shots taken

Studio equipment - Reflectors, umbrellas, snoot. Looking at a beauty dish and a couple of large softboxes. Plus normal bits & bobs such as  tripods, remote release, wireless flash triggers. See the updates on the Pet Portrait studio here

Filters - ND and Polariser