About John

 

Hi! I’m John and I love the outdoors and photographing nature. In particular, I enjoy creating images of wildlife, and when the creatures are not cooperating, I try capturing their environment and the places I visit. I’m Australian, and have had the pleasure of living in several countries in the Asia/Oceania region such as Papua New Guinea, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. I have also visited most other countries in the region. I currently live in Nagasaki, Japan, however I often travel to Australia and Thailand for photography as well as R&R!

My images have been published in bird field guides, travel guides, books, newspaper articles and even museum exhibitions! I am also a regular contributor to the wildlife photography blog Focusing on Wildlife, with the aim of raising awareness of the beauty and fragility of our natural world. Soon I hope to have a separate website filled with my best images for sale as prints as well as for licensing. I also expect to be delving into the world of wildlife film making using my Canon DSLRs.

Apart from this blog, you can view my images and video footage at my Flickr and Facebook pages:

John’s Flickr Page

John’s Facebook Page

 

Photographing Dolphins, Porpoises and Seabirds off the Amakusa Islands, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

John at Daijyugarami, Saga Prefecture

John at Daijyugarami, Saga Prefecture

I have used a number of different camera systems and formats throughout the years, but now I exclusively use Canon equipment. My camera gear currently consists of the following:

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM

Sigma EX 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Canon EF 17-40mm f4 L USM

Canon Extender EF 1.4x III

Canon Extender EF 2x III

Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite

Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter

Canon 580 EX Speedlite

Canon 430 EX II Speedlite

Canon Vertical Grip BG-E7

Canon Anti-fog Eyepiece (an essential bit of kit!)

Gitzo Mountaineer GT3531 Tripod

Benro GH-2 Gimbal Tripod Head

Gitzo GH3780QR Center Ball Head

Gitzo GS5370XL Quick Release Plate

LowePro Vertex 200AW Camera Backpack

Ameristep Doghouse Ground Blind

PhotoTrap IR remote camera and flash triggering unit

Canon 12×36 IS II binoculars

Yukon Spartan 2×24 NVMT Night Vision Monocular

Yukon Infrared Flashlight (NVMT)

LensCoat RealTree Max4 camouflage for main lens, tripod and gimbal head

Custom Brackets Gimbal Flash Mount

Laser Pointer (red)

I hope you enjoy the images on this site. All images are available as prints and also for licensing, so please contact me with any requests and I’ll provide further details. Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome!

  7 Responses to “About John”

  1. There is KOUMORIGASA in Japan.

    The bat`s wings looks like umbrella,really(^v^)

  2. Hi John, I am currently planning to upgrade from my Canon Rebel xti and I am considering the 7D, which you use. What do you think? Also, do you know if the 7D is compatible with the Rebel with regards to the the lenses fitting and using the same battery and memory card? Thanks John, wishing you the best, as always. pam.

  3. Hi Pam:

    Yes, I recommend the 7D! The lenses will be ok, but the battery is different. Should be the same CF card slot, but the 7D will handle faster cards so it might be worth getting a newer CF card with a faster write speed and with more GB, such as a 32GB or 64GB.

    One thing worth considering is that a 7D MkII is rumoured to be coming out at the end of the year….not sure if it is true or not, but it might be worth waiting for.

    Cheers,

    John

  4. Hi, I’m Junko Takayanagi. I returned from New Paltz, NY, three months ago and live in Moriyama now. Yesterday I rode my beautiful Blue Sky, a light blue bike, at Moriyama Reclaimed Land. While riding my bike on the dike, a big bird welcomed me. It might have been a Northern Goshawk according to your pictures. I didn’t know the area was wonderland even though I lived in Moriyama for many years. I enjoyed cycling in the nature in NY, so now I’m looking for beautiful places in this area. I will go to Oe too, so someday I might be able to see you! Thank you for taking the beautiful pictures. My friend in NY and I enjoyed them a lot. Have a great day!

    Junko

  5. Hi Junko:

    Thanks very much for your comments. Your bird was probably a Black-eared Kite – they often soar around the dike walls. However harriers and hawks also patrol the area, so it could have been one of them. I agree that the reclaimed land areas and also along the Honmyo River are great for cycling….Oe not so much unless you have a mountain bike! But cycling over the seawall would be very nice as well. I hope to meet up with you sometime!

    Best regards,

    John

  6. Hi John,

    I’ve recently moved to Mizuki, Dazaifu with my Japanese wife. I’m also very into wildlife and have been photographing Japanese wildlife for the last couple of years. If you’re ever in my area please let me know as I’d love to meet up with you. I still don’t know where in my area are good places for wildlife. I have been to Kasuga park but didn’t see anything exciting except a Common Kingfisher. Behind my house is a mountain, where I have captured video of an old female Tanuki and 3 pups using a Truth Cam 60 (I.R. triggered wildlife tracking camera). I use a Canon Kiss X3 (500D) (my first SLR) and a Canon 100-400 mm lens with a 1.4 MkII extender.
    Love your site and your pics.
    Yours,
    Jamie

  7. Hi Jamie:

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the praise about my blog. You have moved to a pretty good spot for wildlife. Dazaifu is excellent for Northern Boobok (Brown Hawk Owl) – they breed in June at the temples and shrines there. The temple with Japan’s oldest bronze bell (a National Treasure) is the best spot for them. The grassy areas that surround the old ruins are good for Japanese Pheasant. The hills behind the city are very good also. If you go up past the train station and shrine, go left just as the road veers right. From here go up into the mountains – they conveniently number each curve as you go up. At around curve 13, I think, the road straightens for a little bit and there is a bit of a parking area on the left. In behind here is a small weir – this area is good for flycatchers in the summer, and in particular Japanese Paradise Flycatcher breed in this area from the end of May into June. If you go further up the mountain you’ll come to a mountaintop park area – this is a good spot for looking for birds of prey hunting the mountain ridges. In winter, hiking up the entire road should turn up wintering species such as Long-tailed Rosefinch, Grey Bunting and Red-flanked Bluetail.

    The ponds in the area have wintering ducks such as Mandarin Duck and Eurasian Teal. Baikal Teal were there last winter, but not this winter as far as I know.

    The main shrine has Japanese Giant Flying Squirrel and probably other nocturnal mammals such as Japanese Raccoon Dog and Japanese Weasel. Japanese Dormouse could also be in the mountains. Smaller rodents are also present. Japanese Wild Boar are common in the mountains and forest fringes, but I am not sure if there are too many deer around.

    As for Kasuga Park, the woods between the place you saw the Common Kingfisher and the big fountain now have that Yellow-bellied Tit and also Japanese Waxwing have been reported often this winter. Goldcrest and Japanese Grosbeak are also there, but you need to get there in the early morning before all the people start using the park. Many birds come to drink at the big fountain itself, or along the fountain run-off area. So the best way to bird it is to keep walking a triangle from the kingfisher pond to the fountain to the main path near the road.

    I should be in the Dazaifu area again next month – I’ll send you an email beforehand.

    Cheers,

    John

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