I started diving over 30 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. After many dives exploring the best places to dive and and also learning how to take good 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 showcase 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.
For those interested in the equipment that I use, here are some details of cameras, housings and accessories that I use:
I use a Nikon D600 dSLR for where I feel I can benefit from a larger format sensor and this is used in a Sea & Sea MDX-D600 underwater housing.
The lenses I use with a full frame Nikon are: Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR AFS micro; Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AFS micro; Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG fisheye
I still own an ageing cropped sensor Nikon D90 dSLR, in a customised Sea & Sea DX-D80 underwater housing. It rarely gets used now.
My favourite lenses for Nikon DX are: Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AFS micro, Tokina 35mm f2.8 DX macro, Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 DX fisheye and the Tokina 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 DX fisheye zoom
Ports, extension rings, accessories:
I use 5 different ports depending on the lens being used and the subject being photographed. These are the Sea & Sea NX standard flat port; Sea & Sea NX fisheye dome port; Sea & Sea NX compact dome port; Nauticam 60 flat port; Nauticam 4.33" mini dome.
For certain shots a Kenco 1.4 X teleconverter may be used as well as Nikon 4T and Marumi +5 close up dry dioptres.
Recently I have added an Olympus Pen EPL7 camera and Olympus PT-EP12 housing to my equipment for where certain shots require a lightweight small form factor system.
Olympus TG4 compact:
I have experimented with an Olympus TG 4 in an Olympus PT-056 housing. Whilst fun to show how effective a small sensor camera can be I have now sold this.
Canon compact cameras:
I changed from film to digital photography in 2004, starting with Canon Powershot A80 and A95 compact cameras inside Canon underwater cases, together with Inon wet fit accessory lenses: UFL165AD fisheye; UWL105AD wide angle; UCL165AD macro.
Before digital, all my photos were taken using exclusively Nikonos 111 film cameras (1983-2003), using mostly transparency film. I still consider these fully manual cameras was where I learnt all the important basics.
Photo above left - diving in Menorca in 2003 using my Nikonos film camera, for probably the last time.
Photo above right - diving in Loch Duich in 2006, which was early days using a housed Nikon digital SLR camera.