Nick Davies

The nat­u­ral beauty of South Wales in­spires the pho­to­graphs Nick takes…

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I am for­tu­nate to live in an area of South Wales that is steeped in in­dus­trial his­tory and sur­rounded by nat­u­ral beauty. The in­dus­trial her­itage has been widely recorded, the nat­u­ral his­tory less so. The urge to record the beauty of South Wales in­spires me to take pic­tures.

Although I’d had Nikon film cam­eras in the past, my first taste of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy was with a Nikon Coolpix 4100. I de­cided to move to a D3100 for the bet­ter qual­ity of im­age that comes with a D-SLR, with my cur­rent cam­era be­ing a Nikon D7100 [1].

My main lens is a Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED [4] that can be used for land­scapes and closer por­trait work and pro­duces ex­cel­lent re­sults. My main tri­pod is a Giot­tos Silk Road YTL9353 [2] with a Giot­tos MH7002 ball head and is very flex­i­ble, thanks to its piv­ot­ing cen­tral bracket. My favourite lens is the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G ED [3]. It can be used for por­traits, but I mainly use it for macro shots.

I’m fi­nally on a jour­ney that I’ve al­ways wanted to start. My only prob­lem now is di­vid­ing my week­ends evenly be­tween my cam­era and my wife!

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Christ­mas An­gel

I was ex­per­i­men t ing wi th

my 50mm f/1.8 lens

when I t ook this

Grey Squir­rel

I used a high ISO se t t ing in

the lo­cal wood­land t o

cap ture this im­age

Re­mem­ber this…

01 you’ll Carry al­waysa tri­pod need – one

when you haven’t got i t

02 Don’t be afraid t o use

high ISOs t o ge t the shot

03 Change your

view­poin t ra ther than

re­ly­ing on your zoom

04 Know your sub­jec t.

A li t tle re­search can

make for a be t ter shot

05 I f noth­ing insp ires you, try go­ing for

a bstrac t or macro shot s

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We are an Is­land

Coot chicks hud­dled on a

sub­merged st one wai t ing

for their mum

A New Hope

Here, the storms have

passed and calmer

wea ther has ar­rived

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