Something about me

Just a brief bit about me…

I’m director of a hospitality company offering a range of motorsport and other ‘traditional’ options together with luxury travel, conferencing and so much more.

Why do you want to know this? Quite simply I’m as passionate about my work as my photography and, fortunately, I’m in a position to indulge both.

My photography

My photography is predominantly landscapes, city and architecture and motorsport related – although I do shoot other things from time to time, such as wildlife and (very occasionally) people.

Brighton bandstand

Bellagio Fountains

Matt Neal BTCC

You can see more of my photographs at 500px.com/SimonBenson and licence some of my images via Shutterstock.

And finally, for anyone who is interested… my kit includes:

  • Various Nikon camera bodies, including D600 D610 and D7000, both with battery grips
  • Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
  • Nikkor 16-35mm f4
  • Nikkor 50mm f1.8
  • Nikkor 35mm f1.8
  • Sigma 70-200 f2.8
  • Sigma 120-400 f4/5.6
  • Nikkor 70-200 f2.8
  • Loads of batteries
  • Lots of Sandisk memory cards
  • A rarely used flashgun
  • Tripods from Giottos (yes, two… one is carbon fibre, well worth the extra money!)
  • Monopod from Manfrotto (it came free with a magazine subscription)
  • Think Tank Accelerator bag (less impressed than I thought I’d be, but at least Virgin Atlantic and Etihad accept it as carry-on, BA didn’t even look at it for size or weight)
  • Lee filters (plus a few other randoms)

I’m often asked to recommend a camera dealer – and whilst I have occasionally had poor service I buy most of my ‘stuff’ from Park Cameras in Burgess Hill (West Sussex – walk in or mail order) – now in London too!

I’ll clarify the poor service – one occasion of poor advice (ha! as if that cheap Chinese flashgun is really a match for the Nikon one – as witnessed in a test a week later in a magazine, same Guide Number completely different result – I hadn’t bought it, got the SB700 instead, from Jessops!) – and a couple of occasions where the store in Burgess Hill just doesn’t seem to be able to cope with the number of customers, especially over weekends, and especially if the weather is good or really terrible!!! Trying to pay for things can be a very trying experience at times.

I also buy from Robert White in Poole (Dorset – mail order only, I think…). The latter used to be my ‘go to’ place for Lee Filters and the service has always been superb.

Cycling

I recently took up cycling again – just in time for my 45th birthday.  The bike (and associated gear) was a birthday present to myself.  So far so good – crucially of all the attempts to start doing more regular exercise I’m actually enjoying this one!

I’m currently riding a Planet X Pro Carbon – in lime green…

That said, I buy most of my kit from Wiggle.  They carry an incredible range of products and a massive stock level so it’s pretty rare that when I want something it isn’t in stock!


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