Name: Sion Rowland Stanton

Born: 27 August 1967

Cape Town - South Africa

My Hobbies include: Birding , Photography , Motorsport

 

For as long as I can remember my father has always been involved in photography with his own darkroom at the back of our house and playing with his cameras and lenses and assisting him at the Killarney Race Track is what got me started. In those days I was using a Nikon F2.

I am still very involved with photography at the race track and my passion for speed is every much evident in my photography. Brilliant colours, the concentration expressed on the drivers faces and the inevitable and spectacular crashes all make for exciting photography. It is the feeling of satisfaction when complete strangers express interest in buying my photographs that beckons me toward the world of professional photography rather than just keeping this hobby to myself.

I find action sports photography extremely challenging, especially when it comes to the likes of ice hockey and figure skating. Here there are severe limitations on the lighting and added to that the fast movements have meant many hours of training and preparation are required in order to produce advertising quality. I have been most successful with my Nikon D3 and 200F2 Lens.

There always needs to be a balance and after spending time in this fast-paced world, it's time to look at nature and wildlife. Calm and serenity prevail in many long treks to distant bird hides. This is when it is time to take stock of life and enjoy the sheer beauty of it all. To capture the miraculous feats of nature on camera has to be the most exhilarating feeling ever. A crocodile from nowhere seamlessly captures its prey, thrashes about until its lifeless body is consumed. It's breathe-taking just how strong the power of nature really is. Utterly amazing to be at the right place, at the right time and with the right camera equipment to preserve those moments forever. In the wild it's important to carry a variety of lenses ranging from the 300mm F2.8 ,400mm F2.8 , 500mm F4 Prime ,  600mm F4 Prime ,the 200-400 F4 zoom and for the larger moments with elephants and giraffes the 70-200mm F2.8 is there to capture the moment. The 105mm F2.8 Micro captures the essence of bee's pollinating our fabulous fynbos or even smaller items. I am always stunned by the clarity that can be achieved with digital and in particular my Nikon D3 and Nikon D300.

My photographs have been used in local advertising and magazines as well as International magazines and corporate books.

 

History of Past events

-Cape Inter provincial Figure Skating Championships 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009,2010
-South African Figure Skating Championships Gauteng 2003, Cape Town 2004 ,Cape Town 2008 ,Cape Town 2010
-Afriskate International Figure Skating Championships Cape Town 2003 , 2004 and 2005
-International Synchronised Ice Skating Prague Cup 2003
-World Synchronised Ice Skating Championships Canada 2003
-World Synchronised Ice Skating Championships Croatia 2004
-Women's World Ice Hockey Championships Cape Town 2005
-World Synchronised Ice Skating Championships Sweden 2005
-Peter Pan On Ice 2002/2003
-Cinderella On Ice 2004/2005
-Skate Safari Junior ISU Grand Prix 2008
-School Concerts
-Motorsport Events Killarney, Cape Town
-Wild Life Photography(SA Birds and Birding, The Argus, Southern Waters)
-Corporate Image Photography
(including I & J, Swire Marine, Seardel Investments, Prima Toys, Balu Design, Motordrive Enterprises, Selecta Fish )
-Weddings and Private Functions.