Image from Robert Thompson Photography
Image from Robert Thompson Photography

Robert Thompson FRPS FIPF
Natural History Photographer, Author & Conservationist

Welcome to the website of professional natural history and conservation photographer Robert Thompson. Robert is the author of a wide range of publications on natural history and photography and is widely acknowledged as a specialist in close-up and macro photography in Ireland and the UK. As an active conservationist, he has worked on several high-profile conservation projects in Ireland and further afield.

His work is widely published in the UK and Internationally and he has had several solo exhibitions of his work. He also is a frequent writer and contributor to the photographic press and other natural history publications. His images are managed through several agencies and he has his own library in Ireland. He runs workshops in some of the alpine regions throughout Europe and iconic landscape locations in Ireland.


Novoflex has released their webinar on the KOPF2, modular gear tilt head. For those who are interested in using one in their routine work, I recommend watching the video. It's extremely well-presented and covers all you need to know about the KOPF2 and its many uses. Click on the picture below.




Novoflex have launched the KOPF2 their state-of-the-art Gear Tilt Head. It's a superb piece of engineering and will be eagerly sought after by many photographers across the photographic community. The head is ideally suited to those photographers engaged in landscape, architecture, studio and macro photography.  

I was delighted when Novoflex asked me if I would like to test the prototype of this superb head. I had the KOPF2 for a while last year. For more information and sample images click on the image above or my Novoflex tab or visit the Novoflex website 


As many of you know, I am a committed user of Novoflex equipment. I have just finished the review of the MagicBall, which I have owned for some time. It is, in my opinion, one of the best and most versatile ballheads I have ever used. It is my preferred ballhead when I'm shooting a diversity of subjects. Its stability and performance are outstanding and it comfortably supports many different equipment configurations that I use routinely in my work. To read the review click the image below.




It's been a while since I updated some of my galleries. Other commitments have taken precedence and my apologies for the delay. I am in the process of doing this now and have just added a new gallery called LIFESIZE & ABOVE showing images photographed using the Novoflex Castel-M in combination with several Laowa lenses. I have also revised the Fungi Gallery, the Hidden Beauty of Moths and the Lichen Gallery and will update others as and when time permits.

My thanks to everyone for your kind comments on the reviews and images on this site. Also, those who have offered suggestions for future photographic content. I will, where possible, consider these in future updates.



I have just finished writing a German version of my review on the Novoflex Castel-M focusing rail. I have many German friends and followers and I hope they will enjoy reading my review of this outstanding focusing rail. Its unique design promises to be a game-changer for macro photographers who routinely use focus stacking in their workflow. Please forgive any mistakes or errors in my review; I am entirely to blame. Please click the image below to go through to the Novoflex tab where you can read the review in English or German and watch the Novoflex video on the Castel-M. To view the PDF correctly, in Acrobat, go to the view menu, select two-page display, and tick the front page to show the pages in the correct sequence.



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