Hi Simon! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I work in Scotland as a freelance TV cameraman / producer specialising in adventure travel, having previously been a BBC correspondent. My business SunartMedia.com makes sea kayak coaching films and photography is just part of what I do.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
ALike most snappers I've taken shots in situations other people might consider weird; while hiking 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada; during first ascents of four Alaskan peaks; driving the Karakorum highway and while dangling from a helicopter. Yet to me the weirdest was fairly close to home, lying prone under the carriageway of a bridge, vehicles thundering above my head, with a boiling sea beneath me… that felt pretty weird. One of the featured shots below was taken in the same place but this shot shows my location.
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AIf I see a shot I'll shoot on whatever is to hand, often my iPhone, although my main cameras are Canon. Video for broadcast is usually my XF305. For large-sensor video and still photos I prefer to use my 5D mk 3. However, if I'm backpacking and low weight is important it's my EOS 1000D. Finally I have an ancient EOS 300D, which I'm not afraid of wrecking, so I can use even in rough water when kayaking.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
AI hesitate to offer advice because I don't consider myself a technically good photographer, I'm more of an opportunist who gets himself into interesting situations. So perhaps that's my advice - get yourself into great situations!