A Cumbrian by birth I now live on the Welsh side of the border with Shropshire near the Kerry Ridgeway, an area of natural beauty, bad weather and great wildlife!

Having spent so many years working in IT, the photography bug has bitten me hard and as I entered my 6th decade (that means my 50s rather than my 60s!) I'm decided I'd had enough of getting no credit for the efforts I was making.

I have the good fortune to live in a beautiful part of the country, although to be honest good photographs can be found pretty much anywhere if you have the eye. As there's little more boring than a mid-summer noon shot, I like to chase the bad weather and I've begun to take an unhealthy interest in the sky and cloud patterns!

I went down the Canon route and after starting off with the 350D I quickly upgraded to the 5D, a great body, now itself upgraded to a 5D Mk3, a stunning piece of kit. For extra reach I originally used the 40D, a real productive workhorse, replaced initially with the absolutely rubbish 7D, with the 1D Mk3 and now with a 1D Mk4. Use a range of lenses, the 50mm f1.4, the 24-105mm f4L, the 70-200mm f2.8L and the stunning 500mm f4L, with the 1.4 TC for extra reach and short extension tube for occasional macro use. With the battery pack on the 5D Mk3 (I need these with my big hands to balance the bodies better) and my Leica Ultravids in there as well, it makes the Lowepro Pro-Trekker bag somewhat weighty - although a more comfortable bag I have yet to find!

For really cold weather work I have no hesitation in recommending Baffin Boots and a Polar Suit from Brenig (links not surprisingly on the links page!) - see the picture above