Brian P Slade • Wildlife Photographer of the Week

Brian P Slade red Deer Stag

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Photo caption: This Male Red Deer Stag was shot on location at Bushy Park, Hampton, Teddington and was taken with the Canon 5D MK II and complimented with the Sigma 150-600mm.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Brian P Slade I was once fortunate to shoot a beautiful little vixen in a back garden hide. I got an invite from someone who lives in the New Forest who (at the time) was getting frequent visits to his garden of the little vixen in question. It was an offer that I could simply not refuse. The best thing about this shoot in particular was that I managed to get a very pleasing shot of the Vixen sat on a log while its front legs were resting on another log. Pure luck I guess, as well as being in the right place at the right time.
FAVOURITE LENS
At this moment in time I would have to say that My Sigma 150-600 tops the bill. My future dream purchase? Whatever I can afford, I'll be happy with.

Bio

I'm a 52 (going on 30) year-old married father of three children who has a passion for photography, Arsenal FC, The Jam, art and wildlife and nature. Photography for me is a lease of my creativity which I thoroughly enjoy. I'm happy taking shots of anything that bares interest to my mind and imagination. I've been a facilities team leader at our local hospital (Royal Berkshire) for the past 30 years so you could kind of say that I enjoy helping out with patient care.

Favourite location

Lymington Haven Nature Reserve - Bushy Park Hampton, Teddington - Greenham Common, Berkshire - Swinley Forest and Wishmoor.These locations are all superb for wildlife photography.

What's in Your Bag?

I currently shoot with a Canon 5D MK II but I'll be up-grading to the MK V before the end of March 2017. My main tool for my wildlife shots is the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens which is a fantastic piece of glass at an affordable price.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM
Tamron 70 -300mm
Various Filters - Rogue Flashbenders - Sekonic Light Meter - x2 Canon Speedlites - Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5 - Various Memory Cards - Camera User Manual (never leave home without it) - Cleaning Cloth x4 - Sensor cleaning kit - Various AA Batteries - Spare Camera Battery - Lens Cleaning Pens - Rocket Blow Duster - Westcott Apollo Orb and a Westcott Apollo - x2 Light Stands-Gary Fong snoot/sphere/Gels.

When did you start photography?

I've more or less carried a camera with me since my school days but during the year of 2006 I decided to take photography seriously. My first DSLR was a Nikon d70s.

Latest wildlife picture?

My last shoot was in a wonderful hide near Dinton Pastures in Berkshire. I managed a few decent shots of Reed Buntings and Blue Tits.

Who are your heroes?

I have great admiration for Gavin Hoey but that is for his all round ability as a photographer and tutorial instructor. I also admire the works of Andy Rouse, Richard Peters, Morkel Erasmus and Marsel Van Oosten as they are all outstanding wildlife professionals.

Best piece of advice

My dear old mum always drilled these words in my ears from a very young age: "Always be polite and have respect for others around you." Those words were etched in my brain and remain to this day. If you are polite, helpful and respect people and wildlife etc, then it doesn't matter what you do in life as long as those standards are with you, you should succumb (with a bit of luck).

Favourite subject

Although I like to shoot basically anything, I suppose if it came down to just the one subject then I suppose it would be wildlife and nature. I really dislike towns and cities compared to the bliss of peace and tranquillity of the great outdoors.

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