Photography and Equipment
My portfolio transcends the accepted boundaries of landscape photography. I am a 'mountain man' through and through, and so my images are taken from that perspective. I am a sensitive observer of landscape and light, and my love for, and I hope that my understanding of this environment is reflected in every image.
Between 1975 and 1989, I captured all of my material in 35mm format using Olympus OM system cameras and lenses which I chose because they were simple to use, light and compact. They proved to be very reliable cameras and perfect for the conditions in the Himalaya with its extremes of temperature and altitude.
I moved up to medium format in 1988, initially using a Fuji 645 for the same reasons of light weight and convenience.
Several different systems and cameras were to follow including, in 1999, the specialist panoramic Fuji GX617 which was an excellent, new and captivating format for a now rapidly expanding portfolio. Film stock in the early day was Kodak Ektachrome Professional 64, but later Fuji Velvia 50.
I was one of the first outdoor photographers to identify the benefits of working in digital format. I was inclined towards this medium as soon as the technology had advanced enough to produce images of acceptable quality and was a practical alternative to film for the professional photographer working in the outdoors, particularly at high altitudes.
I have worked entirely in digital format since 2003.
Principal Equipment & Software (January 2017)
Nikon D810 Camera
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 G AF-S ED VRII Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Series 3 Systematic Tripod
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod
RRS BH-55 Full Size Ballhead
RRS PC-PRO Round Screw-knob Panning Clamp
RRS BD810-L Plate for Nikon D810
LEE Soft ND Graduated Filters, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
LEE Circular Polarising Filter
Adobe Lightroom CC 2017
Adobe Photoshop CC 2017