Almost all my images are shot with Nikon and Hasselblad digital cameras from one of the first digital point and shoots to my latest acquisitions a pair of Nikon Z9 replacing my D5 and trusty pair of D850s.
My focus is wildlife – primarily teeth and claws – but right now I go almost anywhere to shoot anything new to me. For my personal work -- 2016 & 2017 were years of discovery for me and my photography. Spending over 16 weeks on a safari in Africa; taking lots of opportunity to engage with top pros on workshops and seminars; and in travelling to shooting opportunities around the UK and Europe.
2018-2020 I was living and working as an advisor in Abu Dhabi UAE. Returning to the UK in May 2020 I went straight into lockdown/lock-in.
From May 2020 when the enforced lockdown limited my shoots I acquired a Hasselblad X1D-II and many lenses to begin my medium format journey and set up a studio.
With the ending of lockdown in 2021 and 3rd vaccination my expeditions have started again. I received the first or my Nikon Z9 "mirrorless" cameras in January 2022 and received the 2nd on 21 March. The 2 long Z-mount lenses I ordered just arrived, I can now travel entirely mirrorless my journey to shoot entirely mirrorless is complete.
For what it is worth my opinion of the Z9, the Z400mm f/2.8 and Z800mm f/6.3 (and the rest of the Z-system) is “wow”!! So wow that I am selling/have sold almost all my F-mount gear and will also sell the Hasselblad).
Almost all my shots are taken 14/16-bit RAW and are converted, adjusted and cropped on my 2022 Mac Studio Ultra using Adobe Lightroom Classic (11.3.1 with Adobe Camera RAW 14.3) and finished with Topaz AI plugins. I have been obtaining better results from using DxO Pure Raw 2 to convert the Raw files into DNG and then working on the LKRC - so for the very few good images I take them through this process.
I also use Photo Mechanic 6 for rapid review of files to grade, sift and select the images I want to work on; Phocus 3.6.4 by Hasselblad for images from the X1D, AND also Capture One 22 and/or DXO Photo Lab 5 (5.1.3 55) from time to time on my better shots to see which provide the best results.
After upgrading to a Mac Studio Ultra in April 2022, my whole process speeded up considerably.
Firmware upgrade v2.0 added 12-bit RAW formats to the Z9's video recording capabilities and these add a wonderfully more detailed and smooth colour depth to vids - but at the cast of truly vast files.
My thanks to those who spend their time giving a guiding hand or shooting.
This site does not contain any commissioned work.
"After the unfortunate news of Cancer I set off on a mission to make a film to document my work and share the experience with my family. Join me on my journey to Kenya as I spend a month in Amboseli and the Masai Mara on what must be the "Safari of my Life"." by Klaus https://www.klaustiedge.com/