Shooting Greenland in Winter - Part 2: The Better Part of Winter

Posted on 14th December, 2018

In the previous article, I wrote about reaching Uummannaq and the relatively difficult conditions I found in the beginning. Luckily, the days after the gale had passed were much more comfortable, so I began scouting around and shooting, and continued to do so throughout my stay. The little guesthouse I stayed at was very well located—right next to the harbor. This was advantageous since, firstly, I didn't have to walk too far to get to the sea ice (Uummannaq's streets are...

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Shooting Greenland in Winter - Part 1: Uummannaq Whiteout

Posted on 27th November, 2018

Earlier this year, I was sent on assignment to shoot Greenland in winter. This was a trip I had been wanting to do for years, but it always fell through due to scheduling conflicts and the fact that visiting Greenland would be quite expensive to do on my own. Luckily, I was approached by Air Greenland and Visit Greenland, in collaboration with my long-time friends and partners at Square Rock, and given the necessary financial support to finally realize this dream. Being sent...

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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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Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop

Posted on 16th September, 2017

Once a thriving diamond-mining center, today the town of Kolmanskop is one of the main photographic attractions in Namibia. The Namib Desert has been reclaiming this ghost town since its abandonment more than half a century ago, and witnessing the amazingly-preserved buildings getting swallowed by the sand dunes is an unforgettable experience. I visited Kolmanskop in 2014, while scouting for my Namibia workshop, and I was completely stunned by the photographic potential of the place. In...

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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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