Camera and other kit
Since 2016 I've been using an Olympus OM-D EM1 mirror-less camera. And it's brilliant! One of these days I'll get around to writing a review of it for my blog!
Because so many of my opportunities to take photo's are while I am out and about anyway - for work, with family, whenever - I needed a camera which was smaller and more compact than a more traditional DSLR so I could drop it in my rucksack along with all my other kit, and not think twice about whether I would take it that day or not.
For the same reason I needed a camera which was rugged and tough; which could shrug off some rain or snow and didn't mind being bounced around in a back pack or a pickup truck.
I wanted it to be able to capture high quality images of all aspects of the natural world; wide angle landscapes, telephoto wildlife, and macro details.
My Olympus does all that, and it does it well!
Photography for me has always gone hand in hand with my enjoyment of and appreciation for the natural world. It was a means of sharing that fascination and excitement with others.
From a small compact film camera as a child I graduated up to gradually better and bigger, and after a few years when photography had to take a back seat to other considerations (studying, family and so on) I got back into it in 2016, round about the same time I started a new job in the Peak District National Park.
A lot of discussion in photography circles talks about a style of photography, and I'm honestly not sure if I've got one. Common themes? Certainly, the natural world in one dimension or another will be in there, but if I have a style, I don't know what it is!