I don’t really like blowing my own trumpet. I don’t even play the trumpet. But here’s some trumpet anyway:
For many a year now, I’ve been a freelance filmmaker and photographer (award winning for both), photography safari leader, qualified drone pilot, musician and writer. Based in the UK, I make documentaries, short films and promotional videos with a speciality in anything to do with the great outdoors – because that’s where I love to be.
I’ve worked with lots of big and small clients on a wide range of filmmaking and photography projects. Here are a few of them:
Cold Brew Events
Hangar 18 Off Road Running
The Bigger Picture Agency
Cool Designs Ltd.
Wildlife and Wetlands Trust
Total Racing International
Midland Steel Traders
I’ve moved around a lot in the past (born in New Guinea and lived in Cumbria and Northumberland), but now live in Newcastle with my wife and three kids, and have an office in Northumberland. As an amateur triathlete I completed my first (and possibly last!) Ironman in 2011. Since then, I’ve been dining out (a bit too literally) on this feat and am now more or less a lardy old git who bleats on about, “I did an Ironman in 2011 y’know!”
I’m not doing much writing at the minute, but in the past I’ve written lots of articles for several magazines, including Wild Planet Photo, Bird Watching, Landscape Photography, Outdoor Photography and wrote the critically acclaimed book Wildlife of the Farne Islands.
On the music front, I write music for some of my films, having spent years playing lead guitar in bands and creating electronic music. I now use Ableton Live to write electronic music for films and for pleasure.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the name is Arabic (my dad was Lebanese, mam English) and Zibe is pronounced to rhyme with ‘tribe’.
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In the Cheviot Hills with my current camera: Sony’s excellent FX9 cinema camera. The pictured camera was a hire-in, but after using it for this job, I fell in love and bought one
What’s in the bag?
Having used Nikon and Canon cameras extensively in the past, I’m now with Sony because for me, they provide the most flexible cameras for shooting both professional video and stills:
Sony FX9 cinema camera
Sony A7S III
Sony A7R IV
Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master
Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master
Sony 200 – 600mm
Sony 18-110 f/4 G cinema zoom
Sony 1.4 and 2x teleconverters
Nikon 16mm fisheye with Metabones adapter
Sigma 105 Macro with Metabones adapter
I’ll hire in anything else I need, like the incredible Sony 400mm f/2.8 lens
Inevitably, there is a lot of extra stuff that goes with these, including lights, gimbals, grip, radios, monitors and cast of thousands of other bits of gubbins!
What’s in the air?
I’m a qualified Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) drone pilot with a valid, current license (PDRA-01) and full insurance.
My drones are
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Air 2S
iFlight Megabee FPV
I’ll hire anything bigger in per job
What’s in the office?
Macbook Pro 16″ 2019: 2.4GHz 8 core i9, 32GB memory, 2TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB graphics card
AMD 5700XT 8GB graphics card in external Razer Core X eGPU via thunderbolt 3
3 x external displays: 1 x 5K, 1 x 4K, 1 x HD
A multitude of external SSDs, hard drives and backup devices over 2 locations. Probably over 200TB total storage