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I live in Melbourne, Australia.
My love of photography is inherited from my late parents, especially my father, and I have always had some form of camera, from an instamatic to SLR. My favourite film camera was my Canon T90 which travelled with me to Africa on five trips in the 1990s.
In 2007 I finally moved into digital photography with a Canon Powershot S5 IS, upgrading to a Canon EOS 500D in 2009, both of which came with me on my trips to Kenya in 2009 and Southern Africa in 2010. I now use two camera bodies – Canon EOS 60D and EOS 600D.
Africa is my great love and wildlife photography my passion. The seeds of my love for Africa were sown about 1986 after I saw the film “Out of Africa”. Also around this time I made several trips to the Melbourne Zoo to photograph the animals and began to dream of photographing many of them in their natural environment.
Four years later in 1990 I went on my first trip to Africa visiting Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania, thinking this would be my one and only trip to Africa. However Africa had gotten under my skin and in my blood. During the 1990s on four other trips I also travelled to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
In 2009 I spent seven weeks in Kenya, basing myself in Mombasa for a couple of weeks to explore Tsavo, Lamu Island, Kisite Marine Park and other coastal towns – all firsts for me.
In September 2010 after quitting my job, I spent three and a half months travelling through Botswana and Zambia. For six weeks during this trip I had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at Lion Encounter, Livingstone, Zambia.
2013 saw me embark on my longest trip yet to Africa, spending four and a half months travelling through most of the countries in Southern Africa, including once again volunteering at Lion Encounter, Livingstone, Zambia and at a cheetah project in Namibia.
More information about my recent travels in Africa can be found at my website.
Canon EOS 60D and EOS 600D bodies
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC HSM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Sigma DG 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO HSM
Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA 320GB portable hard drive
Canon Powershot S5 IS
PUBLISHED: My leopard photo “Watching the World” was published in the November 2011 edition of “Digital Photography Enthusiast” magazine as their Image of the Month.
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