About

JOAN: As a Cumbrian born and bred, I'm really enjoying being able to combine my appreciation of the northern countryside with my lifelong passion for photography. I love the thrill of seeing a spectacular landscape for the first time and discovering new places. I enjoy fascinating histories, finding hidden treasures, seeing all things quirky, and sitting for hours watching the wildlife. Hopefully through this site I will be able to share these experiences with you and give you lots of ideas for great places to visit.

OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS:  My grandsons,  Jackson Martin (14) and Billy Martin (10) have made a few contributions as a result of our photographic outings!

EQUIPMENT: By the end of 2019 I had completely ended a long-standing relationship with Nikon after being tempted by the size and weight of the Sony mirrorless cameras. CAMERA: Since May 2020 I have been using the amazing Sony A7R IV. MOST USED LENSES: Sony FE 4/16-35 ( landscape) Sony FE 4/24-105 ( long hikes when I only want to carry one lens) Sony FE 2.8/90 (Macro) and Sony FE 5.6-6.3/200-600 with 1.4 teleconverter (wildlife). FILTERS: Gobe. TRIPOD: Zomei with Smallrig L-Bracket.

PRESS FEATURES AND CLIENTS: (From Photo North and my previous website, Wild Card Walks) 

  • MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS: BBC Countryfile - Coast - Cumbria - The Dalesman - Digital Photographer - FT Weekend - Lake District Life - Lakeland Walker - Lancashire Life - Lancaster District - Limited Edition - Sunday Times - Westmorland Gazette
  • CLIENTS INCLUDE: Archant Life - BBC Television - Cardtoons Publications - Carter Jonas - Cm Porter Novelli - Country Publications Ltd - English Heritage - Flying Colours Brochures - Haymarket Media Group Limited - Hearst Magazines - Imagine Publishing - Immediate Media Co Ltd - Lake District National Park - National Trust - Newsquest (North West) Ltd - Nick Baker - Pearson Education Ltd - RDF Television - RSPB - Times International - US National Parks Service - Voodoo Agency - Yorkshire Dales National Park.

YOUR PROPERTY: Unless stated otherwise, all buildings, historical structures and works of art have been photographed from public roads, public footpaths, places that offer free public access (with no photography restrictions) or from a hot-air balloon. I always leave a donation when photographing church interiors and am happy to donate a minimum of 25% on any sales. I believe I have always acted responsibly when when taking the shots. I have never wandered onto private land, taken close-ups of people without their permission, or caused distress to wildlife, but please let me know if you would like me to remove a photo of your property or yourself from this site.

MY PROPERTY: The photographs and walks on this site are my original work. The collection of 60 walks and almost six thousand images represent years of dedication and I am therefore very protective of my work. Both images and galleries may be shared free of charge by pressing the SHARE button on enlarged images, but any unauthorised use or copying is strictly prohibited and protected by copyright law.

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           JOAN MARTIN (ne Bryden) - FORMER WEBSITE wildcardwalks.co.uk.

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