I started diving over 35 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. After several thousand dives exploring the best places to dive and and also learning how to take underwater pictures I have been able to produce a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros through to wide angle scenics. My preference is for natural history photography but I am also interested in any subject that makes an appealing and interesting image.
My diving around the British coast includes the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west - and the Farne islands in the east. My nearest best diving is probably on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential.
In creating this website, a conscious effort has been made to show images that are mainly from British diving, rather than from coral reefs. I have dived in many overseas places but get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse British waters can be. Many of my photographs have been successful in competitions and many have now been published in diving and wildlife magazines.
I live near Worcester in the UK, which although a long way from the sea, does mean I am likely to head both north and south for my diving. My livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but I do undertake some commissions. This leaves me free to use my experience to work in a more relaxed way on my own photographic interests. I am proud to be associated with SCUBA magazine where since the start of 2015 I co-author a monthly photography column.
Pictures displayed on this web site have been taken with different cameras but in the last few years I have mainly used a full frame Nikon D600 dSLR in a Sea & Sea MDX-D600 underwater housing, together with Sea & Sea YS110 flashguns,
For wide angle shots I use a Sea & Sea NX compact dome port and occasionally a Sea & Sea NX fisheye dome port. For macro subjects I use a Nauticam 60 flat port;
A Kenco 1.4 X tele-converter and and a Marumi +5 close up dry diopter are also frequently used.
The three lenses I predominantly use are: Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AFS micro; Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR AFS micro; Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG fisheye
I also use an Olympus Pen EPL7 camera with an Olympus PT-EP12 housing for certain trips where I prefer a lightweight small form factor system. For this camera I have an Olympus 14-42mm zoom, Olympus 8mm fisheye, Olympus 30mm macro, Panasonic 45 mm macro and a Nauticam CMC1 wet lens.