David and Louise Gibbon have always had an interest in wildlife, but it wasn't until 2009 when the RSPB opened a flagship £7 million nature reserve - Saltholme on Teesside - that their interest in photography really took off.
They began using a Canon 550D and then upgraded to a Canon 7D in 2011. Their main gear now consists of:-
Canon EOS 1DX
Canon 500mm F4 II USM Prime Lens
Canon 300mm F4 Prime Lens
Canon 1.4x III Extender
Canon 2x III Extender
Sigma 15mm F2.8 Fisheye
Canon 24-105mm F4 Lens
Canon 600EX-RT Flashgun
Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter
Nikon 300mm F4 Prime Lens
Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro lens
Nikon 70-300mm Lens
Nikon 1.4x Teleconvertor
Nissin Di886 Mark II Flashgun
After attending a workshop with north-east wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt in 2011, they switched off auto and began taking photos by setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed themselves.
The pair, who live in County Durham, shoot in RAW and use Apple Mac, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to process their images.
Talking about their work, David said: "Louise and I have spent a great deal of time studying the work of professional wildlife photographers, many of whom are now friends, and this has helped us in our quest for better images. For anyone looking to do wildlife photography on a serious level, this is something we highly recommend."
David and Louise now travel extensively and specialise in capturing wildlife. David said: "Louise and I only photograph truly wild animals. A few years ago we made a vow never to capture anything that is captive, it just doesn't feel right. We have many more trips planned to capture the natural world so watch this space."