My name is Paul Bradley and I live in the South West of England where I spend much of my time taking my camera for walks along the beautiful coastline, across the Somerset Levels or up on the moors. I like to travel whenever possible and always aim to capture the essence of the places that I visit. I have recently taken early retirement and so now have more time to pursue my passion for photography. I have a particular interest in wildlife but also enjoy photographing landscapes and architecture as well as experimenting with creative pictures.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to indulge myself by going on specialist photographic holidays with a well-known and respected wildlife photographer to some wonderful locations. With the benefit of these experiences and his instruction I would like to think that my wildlife photographic techniques are improving.
My father was a keen amateur photographer, processing and printing his own black and white photographs and so I have always had an interest in photography. I have had cameras for as long as I can remember and have enjoyed taking pictures but it is only in recent years, since the advent of digital photography, that I have had the time and money to really indulge myself. I often wonder what my dad would have made of digital photography if he was still alive.
My first serious digital camera outfit was a Nikon D200 with an 18-200mm lens. This whetted my appetite for photography and this camera served me well until I eventually upgraded to a Nikon D300S a couple of years ago. This year I have taken the plunge and upgraded to a full frame Nikon D600 and I am really pleased with the results I am getting.
Having stayed with Nikon all this time I have also built up a good collection of lenses. This gives lots of scope when taking pictures but can also add a lot of weight to my backpack when I go out for the day. It is always a difficult decision to know which lenses to take and I still get it wrong on a regular basis.