Cinematographer, Filmmaker, and Photographer in Seattle, Washington, United States
I am one of those oddball photographers who actually uses natural light for nearly all of my photography. I am also in a small minority for the fact that I don’t go hiking without my large format camera; it’s one of those old time box cameras like you’ve seen in pre-World War II films. Sure, I bring my digital camera on my outings as well, but I’ve found that nothing can match the image quality of the big film camera.
Most lightweight backpackers bring shelter, something to sleep in and a tiny point-and-click camera. I add to that, a large metal box with bellows (pleated leather like on an accordion), several lenses, film the size of a postcard, and a sturdy tri-pod. It’s not uncommon for me to lug 60 lbs of gear for 30 miles up the side of a mountain. It’s worth it. For someone else, it might seem like a constraint, but I find that it allows me to be more creative and get far better photos.
My clients appreciate my photographs for their vibrant color; range of tones; and exquisite detail. I often hear that my images are like windows that inspire the viewer to get outside.
There are many photographers who do much of the image making after the photo is taken. That’s one approach, but I don’t rely on Photoshop or other software to create the gem, I use Photoshop only to polish it. I’ve hiked the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Shenendoah National Park, The Grand Canyon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
My images reflect both the majesty and the intricacy that I love about the natural world.