Hi Chris! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I am an ageing amateur stock photographer, who fits his love of photographing wild animals around working shifts at Heathrow airport for a major airline. I love the sound of birdsong, I'm never happier than when I'm out taking pictures of birds.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
AI can’t think of any weird situations that have happened when taking a shot, maybe once when a wren was making a nest in my old garden hide while I was shooting a woodpecker. It half built the nest before realising I was there! Unsurprisingly, I didn't get the woodpecker shot.
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AI shoot with two Olympus OMD EM-1s now, usually with mm3 adapters for four third lenses. My favourite set up would have to be be the 300mm f2.8 on one body and the 50-200mm swd on the other body. In my pocket I usually have the Olympus m.zuiko 60mm macro, and the four thirds 1.4x tc. When I work on a tripod I use the 2x tc as well.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
AFor any aspiring photographer my top tip is to keep taking pictures, analyse them, work out what's going wrong, and go again. Practise, practise, practise - it's the key in my opinion. Also, if possible, do workshops with pros in your chosen genre.