My first "serious" camera was a Canon EOS 600 SLR which I used with a Canon 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens, a Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens and Fuji print film.

In Spring 2005 I joined the "digital revolution" when I purchased a Nikon D70 DSLR camera.

This was subsequently upgraded to a Nikon D80 DSLR camera and in July 2011 I purchased a Nikon D5100 DSLR camera.

Some people believe that if you are a “digital photographer” you are also a “digital manipulator” by default. Indeed, there are plenty of software packages available which can substantially alter photographs from the original image derived from the camera. There are probably many digital photographers who work like this …. certainly the sales of imaging software continue!

I only use Photoshop to a very limited degree, mainly because I do not understand the majority of the functionality of the software! Where I think it necessary, I primarily use Photoshop to adjust lighting levels, contrast and sharpening. Therefore I would like to think that I am a “real photographer” in the sense that a feel for the subject and the place is my objective.

This is the equipment that I currently use:

Nikon D5100 DSLR camera
Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 zoom lens
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens
Sigma 500mm f/4.5 lens
Sigma 1.4x teleconvertor
Hoya Super HMC Pro 1 UV and polarising filters

I use the following tripods and heads:

Manfrotto 055MFV View Magfiber tripod and 701RC2 head
Slik PRO 700DX tripod and 3365 head

I also use the following equipment and accessories:

Nikon ML-L3 remote control
Nikon MC-DC1 remote cord
Wildlife Watching Supplies beanbag
Tamrac 5574 Expedition 4 camera backpack
Tamrac 5578 Expedition 8 camera backpack