Whenever we go anywhere to take landscape images, it's pretty much impossible to avoid expectation. We have certain expectations of what a place will be like and what kind of image we'll shoot, but often these expectations affect our appreciation of a scene and hinder our ability to create images there.
This is a short video going over what I carry in my camera bag on a typical photography trip. My philosophy is to travel light and try to refine my kit down to just taking what I’m going to need and use. Since I made my “Packing for a photography Trip” last year I’ve changed what I carry with my and also changed my backpack, and that video also went into detail about clothing and all the stuff I would pack for a winter trip.
When I first got interested in landscape photography I started to come across images from Tuscany taken by Charlie Waite and it was always a place I wanted to visit. I made my first photography trip there ten years ago in 2009, returning many times over the years to lead workshops, and it never fails to inspire. This year's workshop took place, as usual, in early May when the hills are lush green and the flowers are in bloom and the changeable spring weather brings dynamic light and a good chance of mist in the mornings.
Back in April I spent ten days in the Faroe Islands with my good friend and workshop co-leader Andrea Livieri as we scouted out some locations for our workshop there next year. The Faroes are an incredible place situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean midway between the Shetland Isles and Iceland, they have a little of both culturally, but the landscape is completely unique.
Less than two weeks after returning from Lofoten I was heading out there again for a second workshop. As soon as I landed at Oslo it was immediately apparent that a lot of the snow from earlier in the month had disappeared, and then when I arrived in Lofoten, after a pretty windy final stage of the flight, I was amazed at how different the landscape was
This winter I did two workshops in Lofoten, the first in February with Jonas from Vagabond Expeditions. I love Lofoten in Winter, it’s an amazing place and I was really excited this winter to be going there twice
Last month I spent a week or so in the snowy Dolomites mountains and put together this video about shooting an image from capturing the scene to my complete image editing workflow. We weren’t that lucky with the conditions, either having too much wind and driving snow, or completely clear skies with no drama, but landscape photography is usually about taking the scene as you find it and working out how best to shoot and edit a scene to fit the mood of a place.
The ideas in this video have been buzzing around my head for a while now and this is an attempt to try to identify what it is that compels us to head out into the landscape to make images, and whether an understanding of that can help us to take better photos...or at least images we’re more satisfied with.
How many lenses do you really need for landscape photography? I really believe that two lenses is enough for the vast majority of landscape photography, and that that, the less gear we haul up a mountain with us, the lighter we travel, the clearer our mind is to make images when we get to our destination.
Last month I spent around 3 weeks in Iceland running a couple of landscape photography workshops there. Between the two workshops we had a day off and along with a couple of the participants, I decided to take the opportunity to do a photography flight above the river deltas and highlands. It's something I've wanted to do for a couple of years and it really didn't disappoint.
I'm really excited to announce that I'll be teaming up with Jonas Paurell of Vagabond Expeditions to run a photography expedition to the Arctic Circle in February next year. We'll be using dog sleds, snow-mobiles and snowshoes to explore Swedish Lapland, meeting the semi-nomadic reindeer herding Sámi communities and experiencing the northern lights in this incredible winter landscape.
I borrowed the Fujifilm X-H1 last month and spent a week shooting with it in Tuscany comparing it with the X-T2, my usual landscape camera. This isn’t an in-depth review of all the cameras specifications and features, rather I focused on the practical differences I noticed between the two cameras while using them in the field.