Wider than Wide: My Thoughts on the Canon 11-24mm f/4

Posted on 23rd May, 2017

Even though I've been writing article about photography for over 4 years, I've never written any equipment reviews. And why should I? There are far better equipment experts, technical fanatics, pixel-peepers (I mean that in a good way!) and gear enthusiasts than me out there. My fields of expertise are different, and my writing consists mostly of photographic vision, composition, the philosophical aspects of photography and so on. I intend to keep this line of writing, and for the most...

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Article: On Causality in Landscape Photography

Posted on 1st May, 2017

Causality is the relationship between cause and effect – and in landscape photography, this dynamic can help you tell a story, beyond the conventional structures of composition and color. Considering causality in a landscape image can have a number of advantages. First of all, including a visual indication of cause and effect can provide a through-line, within the composition of an image. Imagine a light source - mostly the sun or the moon in nature photography - on one side of the...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 4: Technique

Posted on 13th March, 2017

In the previous article in this series, I talked about the equipment one might use for aerial photography. So what about technique, and especially camera settings? What should you consider when shooting from the air?  The important thing to remember here is that you’re shooting from a moving, vibrating aircraft instead of from stable ground. This simply means that in order to keep your shots sharp, you’ll need to use a high shutter speed. Remember that the...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 3: Equipment

Posted on 26th November, 2016

In previous articles I've discussed the advantages of aerial photography and shooting from a helicopter as opposed to shooting from a light plane. But are there any special considerations with regard to equipment when shooting from the air? Since we’ve already established that it’s the superior choice (at least in my opinion), let’s concentrate on the helicopter first. An open door gives the photographer a vast range of angle options, and...

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 2: Aircraft

Posted on 11th August, 2016

In the previous article I talked about some of the advantages of aerial photography. But how does one do it in the real world? Let’s start with the aircraft. There are two main options here: a light airplane or a helicopter. Yes, you can shoot from a hot air balloon but it’s not really an option in most places, plus it’s far less maneuverable, so I’ll gently disregard it. Also, while drones are taking the world of aerial photography by storm, the...

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The Good, the Bad and The Ugly of Aerial Photography - Part 1: Why Shoot Aerials?

Posted on 11th August, 2016

Man has always had the dream of flight – but so has the photographer. It’s a unique experience to shoot from the air, and it has some incredible benefits in many senses. But as one might discover, it often carries a number of problems and a hefty price tag. I personally started my romance with serious aerial photography about three years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My experiences have mostly been amazing but admittedly not always so, and I’ve come to...

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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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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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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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