Profile – Peter Hanscomb

Name.        Peter Hanscomb

Location.   Swindon , Wiltshire , UK.

Age.             51 1/2

Owner and Blogger at Wildonline.blog

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Taking a well deserved rest , canoeing on Lake Louise , Alberta , Canada.

First Camera .           Canon 550d DSLR ( I still own this camera and use it with a trigger trap in the garden ) I purchased the camera as part of a started kit with a 55mm & 75-300mm lenses.

Current Camera.      Canon 5d mk III & 5ds

Favorite Subject.      Any British Mammal, if I had to pick one it would definitely be a Fox

Favorite Location.    My local Woodland Trust , Purton  Woods. It’s taken me some time to get to know the woods , where are  the best spots for photography but it’s worth the effort.

Top Three Shots 

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Flou , the Fox . Taken at the British Wildlife Centre. Flou was the perfect model , and the inspiration for this blog. Still one of my favourite photo’s.

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Oscar the Otter. Another of my favourite photos. This photo was taken in Devon at the West Country Wildlife Photography Centre.

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This cheeky chap was the subject of my One challenge in September, after waiting for so long it was a pleasure and privilege to spend 10 minutes photographing this handsome young man.

How long have you been interested in photography ?             Photography is a relatively new thing for me ,I have always benn interested in taking pictures and had many different point and shoot cameras over the years . I purchased my first proper camera in 2014 so only really three years. Originally this was a retirement project , something to keep me busy after my working days are over but the photography bug has me in its grip.

Why wildlife ?    Like most new photographers, I started taking pictures of anything that moved or didn’t move. Quite quickly I realised that people didn’t interested me , so definitely no weddings or portrait photography. I have experimented with landscape and macro photography in the past and while I enjoy both , it doesn’t get me excited. There has always been a love of nature , animals and the outdoors. So about a year ago I decided to concentrate on Local wildlife.

Why start a blog ?  The blog came about by chance really, my wife had started a totally unrelated blog , and at the time it seemed like a good idea……time will tell ? A chance meeting with Bob ( Bob’s Blog ) and a cheeky request asking Bob to guest write on the blog seem’s to point to a longer lifespan for the blog than I originally planned. Plus the blog’s now being followed in over 40 countries…….

Top Tips –

Ask…….There’s no such thing as a stupid question , ask and most people you’ll meet will be pleased to help or explain and point you in the right direction.

Experiment……. With today’s digital cameras it’s now cheap and easy to take risks with your camera settings . Take the time to get use to your cameras creative capabilities and have fun.

What are your future plans ?   My long term plan it to purchase a plot of woodland, and hope to set up a hide for wildlife photography. Watch this space !

 

 

 

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