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Landscape Photography with a Drone - Part 3: Advantages (b)

Posted on 12th February, 2020

In the previous article in this series, I elaborated about the compositional advantages of the drone compared to land-based shooting. I claimed that the drone offers infinitely more compositional opportunities, which results from the fact that the photographer isn't bound to the ground. This allows better perspectives and separation of the compositional elements. On this article I'd like to talk about two more advantages of shooting with a drone, which particularly relate to the...

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Landscape Photography with a Drone - Part 2: Advantages (a)

Posted on 9th February, 2020

In the first article of this series I explained what drones are, how they are built and controlled by the user. The next question to naturally arise is "why does one need a drone?". What is a drone good for, and why should you get one? The answer to this question is long and complicated, but could be summed up by saying that a drone gives the photographer opportunities for shots not achievable in any other way. That's quite the statement, but I stand behind it strongly, and I intend...

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Landscape Photography with a Drone - Part 1: Gear Basics

Posted on 8th February, 2020

Ever since I started shooting landscapes, I was fascinated with aerials. There's little doubt that aerial photography offers a very different perspective on a landscape, not to mention the excitement one experiences when witnessing nature from a bird's eye viewpoint. I have written extensively about the good and the bad, as well on the reasons for shooting aerials in the first article of my series about aerial photography. But drone photography is VERY different to being up there...

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Black Hole Sun: Shooting the Total Solar Eclipse in Argentina

Posted on 16th January, 2020

In mid 2019 I traveled to Argentina to shoot the total solar eclipse that took place July 2nd. This was going to be my first total eclipse experience, and I was very motivated to make the most out of it. Northern Argentina is quite a ways from home - about 20 hours in the sky - but several things about this specific eclipse made it worth the effort. First of all, the path of totality was going through the Argentinean desert - a vast place full of photographic potential - which allowed my...

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Demon of the Deep: Shooting Kawah Ijen Volcano

Posted on 16th January, 2020

In early 2019 I had a fantastic trip to South East Asia. After 13 years without setting foot there (a bit of a frightening number – the last time was before I ever held a DSLR!), I was getting a serious itch that had to be scratched. I was craving the feel of Asia, its food, wildlife and landscapes. When I found the right partner to join me, I jumped on the opportunity and booked my flights. While this wasn't purely a shooting trip (I also spent time in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong...

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Almost Human: Photographing Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Posted on 16th January, 2020

In November of 2018 I did a trip to Africa, and spent three days photographing mountain gorillas in Uganda. It had been a long while since I'd last photographed animals. I started my way in the photography world shooting wildlife, but for many reasons I quickly became obsessed with landscape photography and went on to devote most of my time, attention and resources into this field. I have been wanting to revisit wildlife photography for ages, and when two friends of mine mentioned they were...

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Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 4: From a Helicopter

Posted on 1st June, 2018

In the first part of this series, I talked about shooting Kilauea's lava surface-flows using a drone. In the second part, I talked about shooting the lava with a DSLR from the ground. In the third, I talked about shooting from a dedicated lava-viewing boat. I'd like to finish this series with a short article about shooting the lava from a helicopter. I will also try to sum up the lava shooting part of my Hawaii trip, and survey how it ended up being published. I was very...

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Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 3: At Sea

Posted on 1st June, 2018

In the first part of this series, I talked about shooting Kilauea's lava surface-flows using a drone. In the second part I talked about shooting the lava with a DSLR from the ground. This time, I'd like to take you on the mini-adventure of sailing on the Pacific's rough waters and shooting the lava entering the water at the Kamokuna Ocean Entry from a dedicated lava-viewing boat.   Please note that lava flow is never guaranteed. As I'm writing this,...

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Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 2: Grounded

Posted on 1st June, 2018

In the first part of this series, I talked about shooting Kilauea's lava surface-flows using a drone. Now, I'd like to take a step back and talk about shooting the lava in a more traditional method: using a DSLR on the ground. If you're inside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and can't fly a drone, this is the only affordable way of shooting the surface flows. But even if a drone is an option, shooting from the ground is different and will give you unique...

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Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 1: How to Melt a drone

Posted on 6th December, 2017

In October this year, I spent 2 weeks shooting in Hawaii. My first stop was Big Island, where a friend and I shot the lava flows of Puʻu ʻŌʻō—a volcanic cone in the eastern rift zone of Kīlauea, a currently active shield volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, and the most active of the five volcanoes that together form the island of Hawaii (commonly known as Big Island). The Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater has been erupting continuously since January 3,...

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