Alfie in the Air

My name is Callum and I’m lucky enough to be based on the Isle of Wight, I was born and brought up near Birmingham, and moved to London when I was 23, where I worked as a gas engineer for 4 years, and photography was just a hobby for me. I’m now lucky enough to able to say that I have my dream job. My favourite time to be out and about with my cameras is in the early mornings whilst every place is deserted and it seems as if everyone but me is sleeping. It’s then that I can watch the sunrise and capture the sense of tranquillity.

I enjoy taking photographs in a wide range of settings, from the landscapes of Wales and Cornwall, through the urban bustle of large cities, to the peaceful unspoilt coastal areas around the south of England and the Isle of Wight.

If your looking for a particular photo, give me a shout, I will see if I can get one your after, I’m constantly travelling around the Isle of Wight and the mainland. 

In my rucksack I have my Sony A7r  camera, which I chose for its fantastic low-light proficiency, being a full-frame camera which produces amazing picture quality. My go-to lenses are my 24mm & 18mm  for there sharpness, low light capabilities and lightweight really helps on long walks. Another lens i sometimes bring out with me is my Sony 70-200mm , it doesn’t have the biggest zoom but its picture quality is outstanding.

My favourite way to capture photos though is by drone. This lets me photograph from different heights, angles and areas that I couldn’t access using a normal camera, although this isn’t always possible as there are a lot of restrictions on drone use. I use  DJI drones,  for small close up in town places I use the Mini 2 or the Mavic 2 Pro, which has a built-in 20MP Hassleblad camera. For my larger prints, more secluded areas, panoramas,  I use the big Inspire 2, this drone is very fast to keep up with fast cars, its very big and fantastic in strong winds, also has a changeable  camera , im currently using on it a x5s  camera, with usually a 15mm stock lens or 25mm Olympus lens.

I do use some  filters, mainly to capture long exposure photos, I use a small company called Gobe, now rebranded as Erth,  they are high quality filters and plant 5 trees for every purchase, which I think is a nice gesture. 

When it comes to printing we use hahnemuhle photo rag and a Epson sure- colour P8000 wide format printer, this takes Ultrachrome HD ink. The benefits are:  

  • 100% cotton photo rag
  • lightly felted structure in white 
  • Matt surface
  • Acid and lignin free, unlike wood pulp-based paper, which may contain high concentrations of acid, cotton paper is acid-free ( unbleached ), which means that it absorbs ink better. Cotton papers thus appear richer in colour compared to other papers and retains its natural colour, which makes it ideal to print on.
  • Certified ageing- resistant for 100 years +
  • Museum quality
  • hahnemuhle photo rag is todays most prominent fine art paper