When off-roading in the bush, the Land Rover allows me to get on location and keep up with animals.
Greg does a lot of travelling in light aircraft and tries to keep a balance between having the right gear and travelling light.
“With this setup, I can shoot pretty much anything, from a bird to an elephant,” Greg says. In his kit, you’ll find the following: • Nikon D4S camera body: “I like to shoot with one body only, which is quite unusual for professional photographers.” • Nikon D750: “I use this camera purely as backup. I don’t actually take it out into the field unless I really have to.” • Nikon 600mm lens: “It’s a big lens. It weighs around 5kg. Nikon announced a lighter version of the lens. I’m chuffed about that.” • Nikon 80 – 400mm lens: “This lens is great for capturing the animal in it’s environment”. • Nikon 16 – 35mm F4 or Nikon 24 – 70mm F2.8 wide angle lens • Laptop • Backup hard drive • Card reader • Little bean bag • Flash • Flash bracket with cord • Small tripod
Do vehicles play a big part in your work as photographer?
Yes, vehicles play a big part. My preferred vehicle of choice is undoubtedly, a Land Rover. For photography, I find that a Land Rover’s suspension is really soft. When offroading in the bush, Land Rovers allow me to get on location and keep up with animals. It goes comfortably through dips and it’s good through sand and mud. I’m a huge fan and very bleak that Defenders are being discontinued – such a classic vehicle!
Your favourite location to shoot?
I’d have to say the Maasai Mara. To get great shots here is like taking candy from a kid. You don’t have any problems with finding animals or backgrounds. There’s just a plethora of wildlife. The hardest place I’ve photographed is the tropical rainforests in the Congo, photographing gorillas and forest elephants and buffalo. It’s very dark, and you shoot in very low light conditions. But it’s so vast and wild. There’s no roads, and you have to travel on foot. It’s hot and humid with loads of biting insects. But it’s very rewarding. It was great to see so much wildlife in the Congo.
Where to next?
Next trip is to the Kalahari to photograph pangolin and aardvark. After that, I head to Hwange and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. Exciting trips ahead.