EVERY week we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club.

This week Alan Kirkup, from Spennymoor.

The Northern Echo:

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

IT was seeing things I would like to remember that made me pick up a camera.

Your first camera?

A PRACTICA BC-1.

What do you most enjoy photographing, and why?

IT'S all about nature.

Your favourite picture?

PHOTOS of kingfishers because of their amazing colour.

What's your go-to kit at the moment?

NIKON D500, Nikkor 200-500 f/5.6 or Tamron 24-70 f/2.8.

Do you spend much time in post-production and what software do you use?

NOT a great deal of time but I'm still new to it. I use Corel Aftershot and Corel Paint Shop pro.

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

ENJOY it, and always keep improving.