About John

I first started taking pictures when on my mountain bike adventures in the late 1980's with a film camera.

I then switched my focus to mountain bike racing and I didn’t pick up a camera for another 17 years.

I have raced bicycles since an early age, in a variety of different disciplines. From BMX to Road bikes but mostly mountain bikes. I competed in the three disciplines in the mountain bike sport which included cross-country, observed-trails and downhill racing. In 1998, Having raced cross-county for 11 years, I decided to turn my training towards downhill racing. In 2004, I reached my peak in mountain bike downhill racing where I placed 1st overall in the UK National rankings. I was also English, Scottish and Regional Masters downhill champion in the same year.

In 2007, I was recovering from a badly injured shoulder after a biking accident, although I could still walk, this meant no biking for at least 3 months. I then started to go on regular country walks. On these walks I started taking pictures again, but this time with a digital camera phone. It was not long before I bought a proper digital camera and one thing led to another.

I am now a semi professional photographer. My work is sold around the world and I have had my work published in books, magazines and the National Press as well as being on the winners list at the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

I have covered most things from commercial work to wedding photography, but my passion is atmospheric landscape and storm photography. This often means being in hard to reach places at unsociable hours, waiting in the cold for the first light of the day, or chasing storms across the high plains of Mid-West America.

Equipment I use...

Nikon D810,D800E & D750 full-frame Digital SLR Camera Bodies

Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikon 70-200mm AF-S Nikkor f2.8G ED VR II Lens with Kirk plate
Nikon 16-35mm f4 G AF-S ED VR II Lens
Nikon 80-400mm AF-S Nikkor f4.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens with Kirk NC Lens Collar
Nikon 24-120mm f4 G AF-S ED VR II Lens
Nikon 50mm f1.8 D AF Lens
Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 SPORT DG OS HSM Lens with 1.4x Teleconverter
Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM

Other equipment:
Full Lee Filter Neutral Density hard and soft filter kit to balance exposure
Lee Circular Polariser 105mm Rotating Glass Filter
B+W 77mm XS-Pro Digital HTC Kasemann MRC Nano Circular Polariser Filter
Lee Big Stopper
Hahnel cable releases
Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Flashgun
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flashgun
Lastolite professional Flash Diffusers & remote triggers
Modified Kirk QRC-3 Quick Release Clamp attached to a FLM CB48 Ball Head, used with Kirk L-Brackets on all cameras
Gitzo 6X carbon Systematic Tripod.
MeFOTO RoadTrip Titanium Travel Tripod
Lowepro rucksacks.

If you have any questions, please contact me through this website.

Kind regards
John Finney