Each week we will be profiling one of our Camera Club members, their favourite moments and top tips. This week, meet John Hanson.

Name: John Hanson

Years behind the lens: Nine

Current Camera: Sony A7r 3

Dream camera: Well, I’d love a Hasselblad H6D for landscape work, but my current a7r 3 does all I need!

Piece of equipment you couldn’t be without: My Laowa 15mm f/2. This sharp, bright and compact full frame lens goes everywhere with me. I truly love shooting with an ultra-wide and this is the best I’ve used yet.

Favourite Dorset location: Arne. I grew up in Wareham and my love of nature meant I would spend a lot of my spare time there. Arne is a wildlife haven with some unique habitats in one area. For me, I love looking for the Sika Deer, Raft Spiders, Wasp Spiders, Adders and Sand Lizards.

Dream location: The jungles of the Amazon. I’ve always had a strong fascination for exotic wildlife, which has led me to visit some truly epic locations, but I still need to tick the Amazon off my ever growing list!

Worst photographic mishap: There are few, but two of the worst ones spring to mind. On my first day on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, I managed to sit on a brand new 10 stop ND. That ruined my plans of any long exposures! The second mishap was more local. I was shooting Durdle Door with my friend and the weather was horrendous! That day, the winds were reported to have hit the 50mph area. Back then, I was shooting a two camera setup – Canon 1Dsmk2 and Pentax K5IIs. I had set up my Canon shooting a long exposure and I ran about 50 meters down the path to start capturing some different angles with my Pentax. I looked up, wondering where has my Canon gone? I ran back to find out it had been blown over and rolled halfway down the cliff! Luckily, to my surprise, nothing was damaged!

Best photographic success: A few years ago I gained my LRPS award. But I’m very proud to have recently completed my degree in Marine & Natural History Photography with a high second honours.

Top tip: Never give up and keep experimenting.

What you’ve gained/learnt from or liked about Echo Camera Club Dorset: The group is a very friendly place and offers great constructive criticism. Loads of great photos are uploaded daily and it is great to see such a variety.

Your Facebook photography page: www.facebook.com/JohnHPhotography

Your photography website: www.johnhphoto.com