Today we are pleased to host our fifth guest photographer on the blog. I bumped into Ashley via the blogosphere and a link from Bob Sharples great blog and it was while looking at some of the fine work that is being done down there in Cornwall by a number of photographers that I realised what a remarkable young man Ashley is. So having seen his work, and left some comments, I badgered him into doing a guest blog for us. I will let his own words do the talking, because I think once you have read his words and particularly looked at his images you will come to a similar conclusion.
First of all, thank you to Martin for inviting me to be a guest on the blog, I am honoured!
I am a 15year old wildlife photographer based in Cornwall, UK. I have been photographing wildlife (mainly irds) for about two years now and I think I'm just starting to get to a standard where I can put my images on the internet. I started off with an old Minolta film SLR a family member gave me; it had a 35-80mm lens which I used to take garden birds while I was saving for a better camera. You can imagine trying to take wildlife with an 80mm lens, it was very hard. I borrowed a few SLR's and bridge cameras until I had saved enough to get the Canon EOS 450D when it was first released.
After I got my 450D and Tamron 70-300mm lens I started photography properly. I would visit local nature reserves taking pic's of any bird that appeared. This set up worked quite well for a beginner and I got used to all the different camera settings, modes etc. After about 18 months of using the 450D/70-300 set up I was looking to upgrade. After looking, researching and considering the different models I bought a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM. I thegot used to the 450/400 combination and for my birthday that year I got a Canon 1Dmk11!!
The 1D2 and 400mm f5.6 is my current set up for wildlife and I think it is great. I mainly shoot birds because I have never got close to other stuff. I spend most of my time out photographing birds and even sometimes get a decent shot! Next I'm hoping to invest in a hide and try to get close to some of the local breeding species this year. Why not check out some more of my images on my blog here http://ashleyh-photography.blogspot.com and www.flickr.com/photos/ashely-hugo
Below are some of my favourite images taken in 2009 and 2010
Red Kite, February this year at Gigrin Farm, Wales
Baird's Sandpiper, September 2009 at Davidstow Airfield, Cornwall - a very obliging bird
Little Egret, January 2010, Marazion Marsh, RSPB, Cornwall. Not the best of images but I like the warmth of the image (taken with a borrowed 500mm f/4 and 1.4 TC)
Tawny owl, February 2010, Screech owl Sanctuary, Cornwall. Part of a Cornwall Wildlife Trust photographic group field trip (captive)
Little Owl, Screech owl Sanctuary, Cornwall. (captive)
I am sure you will agree Ashley is both a very competent photographer and also amazingly modest as to his abilities from his words. I know I certainly enjoy visiting his blog and seeing his latest work and contributions. Really like the Black Kite images by the way Ash.
I would like to thank Ashley on two counts. Firstly for contributing to this blog (and being the youngest contributor to date) and also for his regular and frequent comments to our posts. We do appreciate them.