About the Artist
About this Site
Glenn first discovered the joys of photography as a pre-teen photographing scenes around his parents' semi-wilderness cottage in the late 1950's in Ontario, Canada. From there he started to get interested in SLR's and shot for the school newspaper during much of the 1960's. His first paid publication came in the early 1970's with Carlton Cards Canada, appearing in their national calendar. As his work became more known, other publishers took note and soon his work was appearing in numerous prestigious magazines, books and calendars, including Equinox, Harrowsmith, Discovery Books, and Key Porter Books, to name a few. His most prestigious published image was in the Key Porter/Nature Canada book, "The Last Wilderness", edited by Freeman Patterson, of which over 9,000 photographs from the top photographers in Canada were submitted and only 180 chosen. More recently Glenn's work has appeared in numerous publications around the world, including National Geographic, and is now represented by the All Canada Photos Stock Agency.
I'm often asked what equipment I use. It's folly to try and duplicate any one photographer's equipment list thinking that's going to make you a great photographer. The best equipment in the world will only get you broke if you don't understand what makes a good photograph. That's a lot more about you than the equipment. My advice is to start off "light" and then when you find by experience that your current equipment is limiting what you want to do creatively, that's when you look into adding to your list.
OK, so with all that said, my choice is Nikon. I started with that in High School and continued on from there. I have changed things up over time and have shot Canon and Olympus in the film days. When I switched to digital though, I found the ergonomics to be more to my liking in Nikon. That's a purely personal choice though. If you currently own Canon for instance, you'd be nuts to switch to another brand just because "Joe Blow" shoots Nikon and you like his/her images. While camera brands do matter more now than in the days of film, if you compare similar levels of equipment between brands, you'll find very little, if any quality differences.
My Current List of Essential Gear
- Nikon D5 - my go-to body for PJ, low light, action and severe weather shooting
- Nikon D810 - with 36MP's, I use this camera for virtually all my landscape and fine art work
- Nikon 16-35mm f4 - I love this lens for it's wide angle capabilities while still being capable of adding filters as well as its lightness
- Nikon 24-120mm f4 - this lens probably does the bulk of my landscape work, maybe next to the 70-200
- Nikon 70-200mm f4 - I love intimate landscapes so this lens gets me up close and personal
- Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 - my bird/wildlife lens, but this too is invaluable for those intimate landscapes
- Nikon 28-300mm f3.5-f5.6 - this lens is often attached to the D5 for almost anytime I'm not shooting landscapes, or when a tripod isn't available
- Nikon 105mm micro f2.8 - for all my macro work
- Gitzo Tripods with Kirk Ball Heads - if I'm shooting landscapes, I'm on a tripod unless for some reason it's just not possible to be so
- Apple iMac 27" 5K Retina work station - this computer is where all the magic in Lightroom and Photoshop happens
- Apple MacBook Air Laptop - goes with me in the field to store and do an initial edit of images
- LowePro bags of various descriptions - I've used LowePro since my backpacking days and these have stood the test of time (and abuse!)
So there you have it, for whatever that might be worth to you. We hear a lot about rules in photography. For me there is only one hard and fast rule - BE THERE! If you don't get out and shoot, then all that nice equipment you have, whether it is the lowliest system or the top end professional gear, won't mean squat if you aren't out in the field or the studio using it.