19 October 2014
Region: South East
John Hunt shares some of his wildlife images and tells us about his background in photography.
Chelin Miller: How long have you been taking photographs?
John Hunt: I started when doing my National Service in Germany and met a fellow conscript who was photographer and printer who persuaded me to buy and Agfa Isolette 2 2.5 square format and it has grown from that introduction.
A Touch of Blue
CM: When did you move to digital?
JH: I was not sure when I changed to digital but looking back through my entries to the my camera club, Tonbridge (TCC), I see there was a change in 2006 so it must have been about then. I gained my other ARPS in “Applied” as one of my other interests is Scouting and I take the pictures of Kent Scout activities. That discipline is not dissimilar to wildlife as it is a question of “what is going to happen next”, so my broad interest is action, whether it is wildlife or white water canoeing.
Black Egret Mantelling
CM: Do you have special equipment?
JH: I don’t think I have any special equipment but for documentary work I like the 28-300mm lens for its versatility and for wildlife the 500mm is very useful.
Coal Tits Taking a Bath
CM: Do you go on special trips to capture wildlife photographs?
JH: As far as locations are concerned I go both with like-minded people and sometimes follow this up with a lone visit, where I can see the potential for good pictures.
Golden Eagles Mating
Goshawk at Woodland Pond
CM: Your photographs often get published and you have won many prizes and competitions, which one are you most proud of?
JH: I suppose my most notable win in a competition was of a Kingfisher for the BBC programme “Inside Out”. My target of course is to get an acceptance in Wildlife Photographer of the Year but with 40,000 entries it is a tough challenge and a little luck.
Great Grey Owl
CM: Where can we see or purchase your work?
JH: I've done a few local solo exhibitions and have another at the end of November in Dunks Hall Hawkhurst, where I also sell cards and prints. I sell my mainly bird cards in local outlets like Merriments Garden centre in Hurst Green, Rye Harbour gift shop and cafe and Cranes gift/card shop in Cranbrook. And you can visit my website www.johnhuntphotography.net
Hoopoe with Mole Cricket
Osprey Double Catch
Otters Coming Ashore
Sparrowhawk at Woodland Pond
All photographs by John Hunt ARPS www.johnhuntphotography.net