Blog

In this blog I will share experiences from my photographic travels throughout our natural world. From time to time I will also share technical and philosophical articles about nature photography.

The Hard Way

Posted on 4th July, 2016

Our world is an instant world. Communication between humans is getting shorter, faster and shallower. Letters have turned into emails, which in turn have been swapped with text messages, ever shorter and more concise. Today’s generation has less patience, not only for reading longer text, but mainly for learning. In the course of my short academic teaching career, I witnessed a significant change in the students’ mentality. It seems like not long ago they used to be able to...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Spot the Shark

Posted on 6th May, 2016

In this article I'd like to talk about 'Spot the Shark' - a personal favorite of mine, and one of my most popular shots. I was also extremely honored to have been approached by National Geographic to have it in a 2014 book release. With all the questions I've been getting about it, I decided to share the whole process: the story behind the shot, how I took it and how I processed it at home. I hope you find the article helpful, perhaps even inspiring. I think the image...

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Guest Post: How to Become a Pro Landscape Photographer Overnight (Almost)‏

Posted on 24th April, 2016

I rarely put other people's blog posts on my site, but when my friend Andrew Waddington asked me for my opinion on an essay, I was intrigued. The more I read, the bigger the smile spread on my face, and by the end I was laughing out loud. 'This is gold!' I told Andy, and I just had to ask him for permission to publish it here. If you enjoy this post, check out Andy's work on his website. He's quite the character and he has some beautiful shots from around the world. *...

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Hell of Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression

Posted on 9th March, 2016

Hell on earth. It sounds like hyperbole, but the Danakil Depression is exactly that. In late 2013 I spent 1.5 months traveling extensively in Ethiopia, and I visited the Danakil to scout locations for my 'Earth, Wind and Fire' workshop. It is, by my own experience, one of the most inhospitable environments you can actually visit. Scorching heat, no roads, no running water, not to mention hotels or any other modern convenience. But it is exactly these qualities which make...

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Posted on 9th March, 2016

This time I’d like to share a personal story – a story of binging on the professional photographer lifestyle, what it caused me and what I’ve learned from it. I became a professional photographer a few years ago, and a full time pro about two years ago. It was pretty exciting being free to pursue my art and my vision, and being an avid traveler, I soon began making more and more grandiose plans to conquer the globe, going wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. To give you an...

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Article: Behind the Shot - Crystalline

Posted on 6th December, 2015

In this article I'll tell about the interesting process of producing my image 'Crystalline'. I shot it during January 2014, and processed it at the time, but lately the addition of new Photoshop features lead me to revisit it, and reprocess it in a different way. This image is an HDR-Panorama, a kind of shot which is usually technically difficult to produce, but as I show below, this difficulty is now relegated to the past. I hope you find the explanation interesting and...

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Article: Night is Always Better

Posted on 22nd November, 2015

As you might have noticed by now, a subject that I spend a lot of time thinking about is setting my images apart. With the booming photography world and the constant clicking in epic locations, it’s getting harder and harder to produce something that looks different, not only in the artist’s eyes, but also in the audience’s. Photographers have different methods of doing this, and this time I’d like to discuss one of my definite favorites: shooting at nighttime. The...

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Article: Letting Go

Posted on 4th October, 2015

How many times should one take a shot of a place or a landmark until it’s too much? When do you think one should just let go? After Ten shots? A hundred? Never? I think a good approach to this might be to shoot it until you’ve got something that stands out from your own images of the place. If you keep getting the same standard of shots from somewhere, you’re not quite there yet and you need to keep shooting it. Once you get something that’s truly special and very...

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Article: Parallel Universe - Parallelism in Landscape Photography

Posted on 25th September, 2015

Part of what can make an image both visually appealing and conceptually interesting is the connection between its different parts. An image is a whole made of differentiable elements, and these elements can either be separate or have a variety of relations between them. To make an image which is indeed a whole and not just different layers on top of each other, a photographer needs to make the layers (or elements) communicate with each other. But how? One way, of which I will write here, is...

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Article: On the Importance of Naming Images

Posted on 2nd July, 2015

This time I’ll talk about a subject which might be less inherently connected to landscape photography, but as I see it, it’s very relevant to this field as it is to other kinds of photography, and through it one can have a larger appreciation for our craft and a stronger connection to one’s own art. Naming a piece of art has always been important, not only to have a way to refer to the piece, but also, and much more importantly, to present a window to the creator’s...

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