Equipment

For stills capture…

…I have been using Canon equipment since 1987. I have a collection of full-frame 1-series EOS cameras, include EOS 1n, EOS 1v, EOS 1Ds, EOS 1Ds MkII, EOS 1Ds MkIII, 1Dx, 1Dc.

My current kit for terrestrial photography consists of  EOS 1Dx, 1Dc, EOS 5DmkIII bodies; EF 8-15mm f4L fisheye, EF 14mm f2.8L, EF 16-35mm f2.8L, EF 16-35mm f4L, EF 100mm f2.8L macro, EF70-200mmf2.8L, EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS, EF200-400f4L 1.4x; 600EX strobes.

I find the Canon cameras’ controls to be laid out conveniently and find I can use them intuitively, ensuring I can concentrate fully on my subject.

Underwater

Having taken my first underwater photographs on the classic Nikonos system both the III and then the V, I then moved into a housed system- a Canon EOS 50 housed in a Subal CE50 alloy housing, and  SB105 Strobes.

My current kit houses my preferred Canon camera systems and includes Nauticam housings for my 1Dx/1Dc. When I need artificial light underwater I choose  Inon Z240 strobes,  Inon 550W LED lights for video.

For video…

…I am using the EOS 5DmkIII, EOS 1Dx, 1Dc for video work in resolutions up to Full HD1080p, both above and below water.

Some legacies…

I have quite a few landscape images in my collection shot on a Bronica ETR-s medium format camera with 40,50, 75 and 150mm lenses. In early 2003 I purchased Ebony SW45 non-folding field camera, hand-built in Japan from ebony timber and titanium. It is a beautiful camera. I shot mostly 6×12’s on a horseman roll film holder, with the following lenses: Schneider Super-Angulon f5.6/58 XL, Rodenstock Grandagon 5.6/80, Schneider Symmar-S 5.6/180. The Ebony was light, simple, quick: a joy to shoot with. Alas the Ebony had to be retired to make way for more digital bodies in 2008.

My preference has been for Fuji reversal films, and most of my B.D. (Before Digital) collection is on Velvia, Provia and Astia.

I have an Imacon Precision II scanner for high quality 35mm/medium format/6x12cm/5×4″ film scans.

Once digitally captured…

…I really enjoy the creativity afforded by digital capture. I always capture in RAW format, processed in Lightroom.

I’m currently running a 15″ MacBook Pro w/2.7GHz Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM /500GB SSD as my imaging workstation both in the office (connected to a 24″ Eizo monitor) and in the field.