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 MTB sport at the time which were Cross-country, Observed-Trails and Downhill racing. Having raced Cross-county for 11 years I decided to turn my training towards downhill racing in 1998. In 2004 I reached my peak in mountain bike downhill racing where I placed 1st overall in the UK National rankings and I was also English, Scottish and regional Masters downhill champion in the same year.

In 2007 I was recovering from a badly injured shoulder from a biking accident, although I could still walk, this meant no biking for at least 3 months. On my country walks I started taking pictures again but this time with a digital camera phone, it was not long before I bought a proper 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 photography, this often means being in difficult to get to places at silly o’clock in the morning, waiting in the cold for the first light of the day.

A bit about the equipment I use...
I keep my kit as light as possible for landscape photography work.

Nikon D800 & D800E professional Digital SLR Camera Body's

Main Landscape lenses
Nikon 16-35mm f4 G AF-S ED VR Lens,
Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens,
Nikon 80-400mm AF-S Nikkor f4.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens with Kirk NC Lens Collar

Occasional lenses
Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 G AF-S ED VR Lens,
Nikon 50mm f1.8 D AF Lens

Other essential equipment
Full Lee Filter Neutral Density hard and soft filter kit to balance exposure,
Lee Circular Polariser 105mm Rotating Glass Filter,
Lee Big Stopper,
Nikon cable release,
Arca Swiss P0 head, used with Kirk L-Bracket(s),
Gitzo 6X carbon Systematic Tripod.
Light weight rucksack.

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

John Finney