THE Northern Camera Club has more than 2,000 members and we regularly feature their pictures both in the paper and online.

But we thought it would be good to find out more about the people who make up the club.

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This week we meet Brian Swales, from Stockton.

The Northern Echo: Brian SwalesBrian Swales

What inspired you to get into photography?

As an apprentice compositor in the 1960’s I worked with a chap who had a Pentax camera and I thought one day I’m going to have a camera like that. Also digital photography re-awakened my interest.

The Northern Echo: Don’t let go: action in the waterDon’t let go: action in the water

What was your first camera?

Zenith in 1966.

The Northern Echo: Harvest mouseHarvest mouse

What is your favourite lens?

Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR.

The Northern Echo: Keep hold of your StetsonKeep hold of your Stetson

What is your go-to kit?

Nikon D7200, Nikon 100mm macro, 10mm-20mm, Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens.

The Northern Echo: Kestrel with its preyKestrel with its prey

What is your favourite type of photography?

Sport/action, wildlife and landscapes.

The Northern Echo: 1, 2, 3 – puffins are GO1, 2, 3 – puffins are GO

What’s your favourite photo?

The last one I took!

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Peyto lake, Canadian Rockies

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The fallen segment

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Harvest mouse holding on tight