EVERY Monday we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club and publish their favourite images. This week Oliver Sherratt, from Stockton

The Northern Echo: PROFILE: Oliver Sherratt, from Stockton

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

I’VE always loved the great outdoors and nature. I studied ecology at university and one of my first jobs was a national park ranger. My photography grew from this as I wanted to catch something of the essence of the beautiful landscapes I saw.

Your first camera?

A DIXONS make Chinon DSLR. We didn’t have much growing up, and my elder brother who has now passed away, got all us kids in the family the most generous gifts when he returned home from pipeline construction work.

What do you most enjoy photographing and why?

LANDSCAPES – the best of these photos capture something of the awe and beauty of our planet and impart a sense of peace and perspective.

Favourite picture?

Probably the lone tree at sunset at Egton Moor. The reasons for this are: I was with my wife Jules, who is very patient with me, the heather blooms were at their very best, and really stand out, I was lucky with the sunset, and clouds, and we had a very nice pint in the pub afterwards. A perfect end to the day.

Your go-to kit at the moment?

AN Olympus OMD EM5 MKII. It’s a pocket rocket – light and versatile great for long walks.

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

NOT much. I use Snapseed if I’m on the go, or Lightroom at home for some quick basic touches.

Advice for budding photographers?

DON'T feel you need expensive gear, or be a technical wizard. All you need think about is how you want to compose – the best photos capture memories, or better still tell stories.