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Fine Art Photography Magazine

OCTOBER 2016 #25


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TIPS & TRICKS To Shoot Amazing Landscape Photographs

14 5 Landscape Photography Tips for Mountain Travelers 18

Rafn Sigurbjรถrnsson. Special Interview with Icelandic photographer & Tour guide

42 Lior Yaakobi


62 An Interview with Canadian Landscape photographer - Mark Jinks 18

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TIPS & TRICKS To Shoot Amazing Landscape Photographs Learn how to take creative and incredible shots of land & nature

1. Check out different angles Although a cer tain angle might initially catch your eye, it’s impor tant to walk around a bit to see the landscape from different perspectives. Dare to shoot from an unusual perspective and you’ll be surprised by what you can achieve.

2. Isolate the elements that catch your eye Rather than tr ying to capture the entire breathtaking view in front of you, isolate the elements that are visually intriguing to bring depth to the image and complement the landscape.

3. Add an element to the foreground Elements in the foreground give the

viewer something to focus on and help frame the scene. Use a person, animal or a tree as a focal point to draw the eye of the viewer.

4. Quality of light Return to the same spot at different times of the day to produce dramatic contrasting images. The quality of light varies with the position of the sun, which is something to keep in mind when scouting locations.

5. Include people for scale Sometimes natural phenomena don’t seem as big and grand in photographs as in real life. To remedy this, include people for scale and make sure they’re a bit offcenter (remember the Rule of Thirds!).


ow many times have you stopped to take a photo of a beautiful landscape – an incredible coastal seascape, mountains in the distance or a field of sunflowers – only to find that what caught your eye is not at all what shows up in the photograph? Shooting landscapes can be tricky. Here are 10 tips & tricks that will inspire you to get creative and take incredible shots of land & nature.

6. Rule of Thirds To ensure that you create a great landscape composition, divide your photo into 3 par ts, from left to right – a technique known as the Rule of Thirds.

7. Try panoramas Shoot in panorama mode to really capture the entire scene in front of you. With panorama, you’re often able to include extra details that you could not have with a regular landscape shot.

8. Use geometry and lines to create structure Give the eye something to follow – roads are perfect for this. Anything that creates a nice line or geometric shape can be used as a focal point to create structure and bring form to your image.

9. Try the picture within the picture This technique is simple and straightfor ward. First, print a photograph of the landscape you would like to shoot. Then hold up the printed photograph in front of the landscape and snap your picture. It’s quite fun to do and something different to tr y out.

10. Get inspired by the masters Photographers like Ansel Adams, Maria Stenzel, Jim Brandenburg and Charlie Waite provide great inspiration for what you can accomplish with landscape photography. They demonstrate the patience and timing that is required to capture the perfect shot. Copyrigted to @maddie Community Manager at EyeEm |







ou don't have to be a professional photographer with an expensive camera body to take great landscape photos while on vacation. Follow these five tips and take your next landscape photos from good to great!





TRAVELERS 1. RESEARCH THE LOCATION Start your research from home. Find out where the most iconic features are. Figure out when the sun rises and sets for that time of year (two of the best times to capture gorgeous landscape images). Find out how far away is each point of interest from where you're staying. Is there significant travel time by car, foot, bus or a combination? Will it be an all day excursion or a quick romp at sunset? Carefully planning your landscape photography will allow you to incorporate it seamlessly into your vacation.

2. USE PEOPLE IN THE LANDSCAPE Don't be afraid to photograph people in your landscape. They add interest and help tell a story. Brightly colored jackets can also add a pop of color, which adds additional interest. For example, compare the first image with the image below. It's the same shot, but one has the family trekking toward a mountain. What story does each image tell?

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3. LOOK FOR SIGNS Signs are also great for telling a story, but they're especially handy for helping you remember details about your vacation and distinguishing one area from the next.

4. GET DOWN (OR UP) Far too many of us take far too many pictures standing and looking straight at a subject. Try getting on your knees or your belly for the shot. Hold the camera close to the ground and shoot, or climb up on a rock or into a tree (physical fitness allowing, of course.) Here I asked my husband to jump from one rock to another while I tucked myself into a wide crack for the shot.

5. TELL A STORY Really think about the story you want to tell with your images. I love the below photo I took of my family. They had just summited a small rise near Morgan Pass. The panoramic views were incredible and the expanse of mountain and sky immense. That each of my family members is looking in a different direction underscores the fact that everywhere one looks in the Sierra there's an epic view waiting.


Rafn Sigurbjรถrnsson An Interview with Icelandic

photographer & Tour guide


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Rafn Sigurbjörnsson An Interview with Icelandic

photographer & Tour guide Rafn Sig, a well known freelance Icelandic photographer, has been hiking in the Icelandic highlands and lowlands all his live and knows the nature and the hidden spots like a true native. Rafn has worked as a freelance photographer for more than thirty years. His images got published all over the world, in magazines, as on the internet, and we are very proud to have an interview with such a talented photographer from such the dreamy Iceland.

Hello Rafn, Please introduce yourself to our readers, It's all about LOVING IT I‘m a freelance Icelandic photographer who have focused on the raw nature and landscape since I was a young boy. I have been hiking in the Icelandic highlands and low lands all my live and I know the Icelandic nature and the hidden spots like a true native. I’m a self-educated photographer and have worked as a freelance photographer for more than thirty years. I’ve got my photos published all over the world, in magazines, books, postcards as well on the internet I’ve published 8 photographic books about Iceland called “WILD ICELAND the untouched nature” Each book focuses on the collection of the best of the sensational nature of the individual parts of Iceland; these eight books contain photographs of the south, southwest, west and Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland north, east, westfjords and the highlands I live my passion of photography by teaching, traveling, and exploring the nature of Iceland Along with running the stock photography website I have worked on various


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photography projects, I offer private photo tours and workshops in Iceland with max 3 photographers each time as you can see if you visit my travel web: You describe yourself as a self taught photographer, and actually, most of the known photographers in the world are autodidacts, Looking back, don't you feel there was a need of official studing of the technical issues ? It actually all started when I was standing out in the cold painting the landscape in front of me. I thought “Why don’t I take a photo of the object and paint it at home, it´s much warmer”. I bought my self a camera and took my first photo for that purpose. Wow it was a bad one ha ha ha ha. Well I painted the landscape from that photo and slowly I learned through my paintings what kind of light, composition, framing, angel etc. I was looking for. By doing it this way I wanted to find my own style and I think I have found it. Yes it was a struggle and much more struggle than I thought but I learned all that was needed the hard way and on that path I learned much more about the camera then people usually do as I had to read all the manuals from A to Z and test everything while I was reading it to get what I was looking for. Actually my official study is on the internet as you can find all the best photographers, good lectures and you can study it all when your time is right to do it. By browsing the internet I also have found out that the more I learn, the less I know. Iceland is one of the dreamy spots in the world for photographers and you are one of the fortune people who made the tours and the photography as a profession. Tell us, how it all started? Yes Iceland is an Ideal place geographically for a photographers and I consider myself very lucky. In the summertime we have endless soft light with late sunsets and early sunrises witch are amongst the unique features and makes it the most magical place for photographers and landscape lovers. The light in the wintertime is something you have to witness because it’s impossible to write about. We have ice-caves, frozen waterfalls, Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) shimmering in the sky, great glacier views and the contrast in the landscape is far beyond your imagination. Well yes, how it all started. Hmm. . . We didn’t have many tourists or photographers coming to Iceland when I started. There were couple from Spain whom contacted me and the husband was a serious photographer. They wanted to take one tour around


Icicle in Sauðárgil – Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved. Iceland and combine photography and tourism together. Well we travelled one ring around Iceland for 10 days and on their last day the husband told me that this was not the way to do it. We had to take it part by part. So they came again and again and again . . . and I was the one who decided where to go each time. From that point there was no return. Today I have clients who have been traveling with me for more than 10 years and we are always seeing something new. They are coming in different time of the year and even we go to the same places, it’s still new. The light is different, the clouds are different, the snow is different and actually all things are different. Tell us about one of the special hidden spot in Iceland where you take your tour groups.

Well my friend it wouldn’t be hidden if I told you about it, would it ha ha ha ha ha What kind of gear do you use for this kind of photography field? Today I’m using Canon EOS 5D MK III along with my wide angle lens from Canon 16 – 35mm 1:2,8 L II USM. Tamron SP 24 – 70 1:2,8 USD and Canon 70 – 300 1:2,8 L IS II USM What is, in your opinion, makes a great Landscape Photograph? It all depends on what you are shooting at and what you want to get out of the shot. I have two things popping up in my mind when you ask this question.

Time is one of the most important things in this matter. You can spend the whole day at the same place to capture the right light so the mood is right. You also have to give your self-time to look around for a good angel, find the right foreground that will lead you into the subject and make the 3Dimensional effect for the two dimensional photo. Is the shadow right on this side or do I have to wait for a while for it to be right. Is the reflection right on the lake or is it better if I go in this corner. . and so on The other thing is the rule that I made for myself. “Be the object you are shooting, seen from the ground you are on.” that is “how would the spot you are on see the object you are shooting at”.


Aurora (Northern Lights) Explosion – Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved. What is your favorite location in Iceland for landscape shooting? Iceland has many beautiful locations and it’s hard to pick one out. They are all different with different beauty. If I have to choose one location I would say the Highlands. The reason is “Less is more”. The global warming is a strong and important issue in the last years, do you see a real change in that matter (comparing to 20 years ago?) Yes I really do, especially in the glaciers of how far they have retreat. Now I have to walk up to 20 - 30 minutes to the edge of some of them witch I only needed to step outside my Super Jeep before. I really think it’s about time for us humans to take some action. I don’t think we can wait any longer. Many of your photography projects are air shooting, When did you start taking those kind of photos and what kind of gear do you use for these images (Lenses etc.) ? It all started in 2013 when a good friend of mine and an old classmate was starting his Helicopter service called “Norðurflug”. He needed aerial photos for his advertisement campaign and asked me if I could do the job. I was thrilled to be able to see the landscape from above and in a totally new perspective so I said yes. I can’t say I’m sorry for that as I got totally


new vision of my beautiful island. I had to think differently due to the speed of the helicopter and I could not use my ground rules as I was high above them, not standing on them. Below are some of the things I think about when I’m shooting from a Helicopter • Never shoot through the glass. • Don’t have your hood on your lens as it will fly off • Watch the blade in your wide shots • Bring two cameras with you so you don’t have to change lenses • Communicate with the pilot so you will get the right angle of the subject • Use camera exposures 1/1250s or greater. This will insure that your shots are free of motion blur. • Adjust the rest of your settings (ISO 200 – 6400 / Aperture f4 – f8) to get the proper exposure around that shutter speed. • Dress warmly • Use a safety harness I’m using the same gear but my favorite lenses are my wide angle lens from Canon 16 – 35mm 1:2,8 L II USM and the Tamron SP 24 – 70 1:2,8 USD Was there any dangerous situation during shooting time? Yes I have had many difficult and dangerous

situations on my shooting tours. I remember one time when I was shooting the Volcanic eruption at “Fimmvörðuháls” in the Volcano “Eyjafjallajökull” 2010. I found myself a really nice spot where the gloving lava was floading down on my left site and the Volcano was in the front. I put up my tripod, found the right lens and I remember I said to myself “This will be a million dollar shot”. When I was about to shoot the first shot in this beautiful twilight a crack opened up on my right side. I panicked “a little bit”, I couldn’t run down as the lava was flowing on my left side so I grabbed my bag and tripod and started to run like hell. The crack got bigger, so I ran faster and faster until I thought I was safe. I was shaking when I walked to my Super Jeep and I was not thinking straight. Luckily I managed to get down from the mountain in one piece where I took a rest for the night. The next day when I came up again, there was this beautiful new crater where I was standing the day before. It was a beautiful new Volcano Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why? I can’t take one out from another as I love my work. I always feel that my last work is my favorite. When I’m on a Photo workshop tour and I see some progress from my students I feel happy, I get warm inside and I feel my time well spent. My aim is to make my students better than me. I really try to give everything I got as photography should be for all. It’s a really good hobby.

Do you use any Post Processing program? What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow. Yes I’m using Lightroom and Photoshop to process my photos. It’s actually very basic process. I use Lightroom for base editing such as changing exposure, white balance, highlight and shadow levels and some base sharpening. After these changes I export them to Photoshop as a TIFs if I need to do something more. In Photoshop I do the final processing if that is necessary and save them as PSD files. After completing my edits in Photoshop and Lightroom I export them from Lightroom using JPEG and Convert to sRGB to the internet Tell us about your last work/project My last work was an 11 day workshop tour to the “Forgotten Paradis of Iceland – Westfjords” with couple from the USA. They are both highly skilled photographers and I enjoyed working with them as they never stopped shooting and the zest they had was unbelievable. For the whole 11 days we had great light, new visions and new tasks to cope with, landscape, birds (puffins), waterfalls, deserted farms, black beaches, volcanos, sunsets, sunrises etc. We were newer in a hurry and didn’t leave a seen until we were fully satisfied with what we got.

Frozen stairway at Seljalandsfoss – Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved.


Black Beach and Reynisdrangar – Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved.


I don’t know who learned more from this trip, Me, or them. It was a great tour. How do you develop your own style? With patience. When I was finding my own style I took the same picture of the same object again and again and again from different angles and settings and in the end this is what I found: “Be the object you are shooting, seen from the ground you are at.” In other words “how would the spot you are on see the object you are shooting at” “Stay low with good foreground which leads you to the object and gives you the 3 dimensional effect in your 2 dimensional photo”. Tell us about a typical day of shooting. In Iceland it can vary a bit as it is different if you are shooting in the summer or winter. I like the winter shooting more cause of the light, so I can give you a little hint for that. You start by taking on your warmest clothes with lot of inside layers. You get out of the car to the freezing cold, with the wind blowing in your face and it does not matter how well you are dressed you will be cold, your fingers will get stiff and in the end you won’t feel them, your face will get hard and red, you start to shake. The tripod does not stand still, it’s slippery but you take the chance of clicking the camera and you hope for the best. When your back in the car, got some warm in your body and you see the shot with the beautiful light, framing and contrast, you clean the lens and start again. I just love it. What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera? My grad Lee filters to correct the balance between the brightness in the sky compared to the low land. From years of experience, what photography tip can you give to our readers? “It’s all about loving it” and if you are happy whit your shot, then it is good. What is your career path for the future? To be able to teach others to be better than me in photographing. What is your dream project for the future? Go out to space and shoot my earth from above. I would also like to be able to put the smell and my emotions in my photos for others to understand my work and to experience the great feeling and happiness photography gives.



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Mountain with autumn colors in the twilight - Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved.

Riverbed in the highlands of Vatnajökull Glacier - Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved.


Volcanic eruption at Holuhraun Highlands - Iceland Copyrights to ©Rafn_Sig. All rights reserved.

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LIOR YAAKOBI I’m a passionate self-taught Photographer from Israel. I used to live in Boulder, Colorado, for several years and recently moved back to Israel. Photography becomes a real passion for me, mostly in the last couple of years. I travel a lot and always combining my travel hobbies (treks and mountain climbing) with my photography passion. Landscape photography is what attracts me the most but I’m trying to open myself to other types of photography. I’m always trying to give my additional view or look at my photos and to bring something that will tell a story of the place. I’m working for an international software company and currently living in Kibbutz Givat Haim Ichud. Been using Canon 7D with 10-22 lens for most of my work but recently I’m working with the Nikon D610 and the 16-35mm for landscape with the “support” of the 70200mm lens.

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs”,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” -Ansel Adams

Hamnøy, Lofoten - I was looking forward for some great morning colors over Reine area, but unfortunately that morning was all cloudy and rainy. I was driving back to my Rorbuer (hut) and just when I was about to enter – I saw that cloud coming in. So even I wasn’t able to get a golden sunrise as I was hoping - I was still happy to get that amazing view.

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Flying Away - "No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky". For some reason I was thinking about this Bob Dylan's quote while taking this picture. I was looking for a place to take a shot and I wasn't realizing that there is a huge seagull nest just below me. I felt sorry for making these amazing birds angry but at least I got the shot...

Reine Morning Light - I had only 3 days (2 mornings) in Reine, Lofoten Islands and I was hoping for a good weather. First morning was horrible...a lot of rain...but the second day was much better and I was able to capture this pano.

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Contest Winners

An Interview with Canadian Landscape photographer

- Mark Jinks -


The never disappointing Moraine Lake, Alberta Copyrig to ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Sunset at Godafoss waterfall, Iceland ©Mark Jinks. All rights reserved.

An Interview with Canadian Landscape photographer

- Mark Jinks Mark Jinks, a talented Landscape photographer and adventurer based in Alberta, Canada, is the winner of Lens Magazine Landscapes contest on the Instagram. We were amazed by his photography style and special technique. It's our honor to have an interview with him. Hello Mark, Please introduce yourself to our readers, Hello, my name is Mark Jinks, I’m a landscape photographer based out of Alberta, Canada. I have been shooting landscapes for several years, however, I only started taking it more seriously and developing my work further in the last couple of years. I like to specialize in long exposure photography, with subjects including waterfalls, mountains and lake reflections. I also really like shooting the night sky, including the Aurora Borealis. What is your background with photography? (Did you go to school to learn photography? When did you first discover the photography field and when did you get your first camera?) 64

I’ve always been interested in photography since I was a child, I started with film cameras and slowly moved into digital. I picked up my first DSLR in 2008. I took some basic courses to learn the aperture/shutter/ISO triangle and composition techniques, but mostly have been self-taught. I moved from England to Canada at a young age and seeing the beauty of the mountains locally here in Alberta on family trips when I was younger was really inspiring to me

Sunrise at Jasper, Alberta ©Mark Jinks. All rights reserved.

and I really started getting interested in wanting to document that beauty so others could see it that wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do so. What made you decide to venture into this field of Landscape photography? Originally I was photographing wildlife, but found I didn’t have the patience, time or equipment for that commitment. One day on an unsuccessful wildlife shoot, I took more notice to the mountainous landscapes around me and started taking some photos. I was so happy with the results, that I knew from that moment that landscapes would be more suited to me as my niche. As I understood, you are one of the Brand Ambassadors of known companies such as Lexar Memory & Dolica Tripods, Please describe how did you get to this position. I had been a fan of these companies

and used their products before becoming an ambassador, so when we ultimately connected it was a natural fit to represent them and try out new gear and products with mutual benefit to both parties. Tell us about the important issues you need to think of when you're trying to create a good landscape shooting (Time of day, Light, Location, Lenses etc.) Well, most great images are made during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset, so that’s very important to take advantage of that natural soft light. I always research the locations I will be going to beforehand and try to map out where I want to be to take advantage of shooting at as many locations as possible in the vicinity, to try and maximize image yield by shooting at several locations close to each other during the right window of great light. What, in your opinion makes a great Landscape Photograph?


Incredible Peyto lake, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.



Quiet morning at Lake Louise, Alberta ©Mark Jinks. All rights reserved.

I try to incorporate at least a few of the following criteria into an image. A clear focal point such as a waterfall or mountain, a strong foreground or foreground anchor such as a boulder or tree stump, some leading lines, dramatic sky elements such as fast moving clouds in a long exposure image, a reflection on water if possible. Ultimately you want your finished image to tell a story and draw viewers in, almost to make them feel like they were there and evoke emotions. When thinking about a composition, I’ve learned to keep these things in mind to make the image stronger. Do you still remember/have the first images you took? If so, can you tell us something about it? I do remember the first images I took, I was just a teenager and I had a Kodak Instamatic film camera and the images were basically terrible, haha. They were of the English countryside and small villages, and had no compositional values at all. I do fondly remember the feeling of taking that first roll of film into the local shop to be developed and eagerly waiting to see the results a few days later. I don’t still have


these images unfortunately. I think that’s part of the natural progression, even images I took as recently as a year ago, I can see how far I’ve come in that time, from better compositions to post processing workflow. I always strive to learn from peers in the industry, I think that’s what makes the photography community so special. What is your current gear? Currently I shoot with a Nikon D7200 and have various lenses, mostly wide angle for landscapes. My favorite lenses are the Tokina 11-20mm, Nikon 16-85mm and sometimes I’ll use a 50mm prime for abstract images. What is your favorite location in the world for landscape shooting? I was in Iceland earlier this year and that place is well known as a photographer’s paradise, beautiful locations there no matter where you go. However I think my favorite place would be my own backyard of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, it’s a world class destination and I’m fortunate to be able to access it fairly easily anytime.

Were you ever involved in any dangerous moment during shooting time? I’ve mostly been well prepared to avoid any potential dangerous situations. Severe weather and dangerous wildlife are always concerns. Recently I was shooting sunrise at a lake in the mountains and was approached very closely from behind by a large, curious Elk. When I tried to leave the area the Elk started following me and I thought it might charge me during a moment in the encounter, but we eventually were able to go our separate ways. A couple of other times I was shooting in close proximity to some severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings were issued, that can get pretty scary, you really need to be prepared and have a good, quick exit strategy for those. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why? My favorite image would likely be the night scene of Emerald lake Lodge. The balance of cold and warm with the snow surrounding the glow of the lodge is a particularly dreamy scene that makes one feel the invitation of sitting next to a fire in the lodge after a day of winter hiking conditions. Do you use any Post Processing program? What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow. I do a very basic workflow in Adobe Lightroom, then move the image over to Photoshop for more specific adjustments within the image, blending, high pass sharpening to certain areas, luminosity masks, specific color correction, etc. I really like the Color Efex pro Nik Software plugin as well, used in conjunction with PS/LR. Do you see yourself and describe yourself as a professional photographer? Well, I still have my day job, but I’ve started taking some steps to become a Professional photographer, which is my ultimate goal. I’ve started fine-tuning my approach by working with others, gaining mentorships and shadowing with professionals in the industry and am aiming to take on further responsibilities, including hosting workshops, collaborating with others on projects, and mentoring up and coming photographers.

Tell us about your last work/project My last work involved shooting the Northern Lights locally. It’s one of my favorite subjects to shoot and we are lucky to see them here for most of the year. They aren’t quite as strong as viewing them from the Nordic countries at this latitude, but are always magical to see nonetheless. How did you develop your current style? I started watching countless tutorials on media such as Youtube to really understand shooting and post processing techniques, and used a combination of those to influence my style of work. I’d say I spend more time learning than I do actually shooting in the field. When people ask me about my style, I have a bit of saying: “A photograph is something that comes straight out of a camera, an image is something that you have created with your own style signature in post-production”. So essentially what I mean by that, is, a lot of photographs, especially of popular, well shot locations don’t really stand out in the thousands of others without adding your own personal touch to it in post-processing style. I shoot all my images in RAW format, so there’s a lot of choice when it comes to adjustments in workflow. Some people are adamant about getting the image right “in-camera” which is fine, but personally I like the challenge of postproduction workflow. Tell us about a typical day of shooting. It really depends on where I am. If I’m in a location that I don’t have many opportunities to visit often, I’ll try and shoot the entire day, despite the lighting conditions. I will always try and make sunrise and sunset and do a bit more specific location planning around those times. If inclement weather prevents me from shooting, then that’s a good time to take a lunch break or review work already done, perhaps start some post processing. It’s always important to enjoy your surroundings too, especially out in nature. Put the camera away for a bit and just enjoy the nature and your surroundings without having to worry about capturing the moment.


Sunset at Crescent Falls, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Winter nights at Emerald Lake Lodge, British Columbia ©Mark Jinks. All rights reserved.

What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera? My favorite accessories would be Neutral Density lens filters. I really enjoy shooting dramatic long exposure images and have ND filters is a must. I use Lee Filters big (10 stop) and little (6 stop) stoppers, together with soft graduated filters to control how much light enters the camera. Another favorite accessory, which isn’t necessarily photography related, is a good pair of insulated rubber boots for wading in streams and rivers and getting unique angles on waterfalls. From years of experience, what photography tip can you give to our readers? It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated with results at first, especially learning the manual settings on your camera. My advice would be to meet up and shoot with other photographers and share knowledge together. A lot of it is also experimenting with trial and error.

I’ll be teaching newer photographers some of my knowledge, with shooting in the field and class based instructional theory. I’d ultimately like to host some instructional photo workshops showing off the beauty of my home area of Alberta and some of my favorite lesser known locations to both local and foreign visitors. What is your dream project for the future? I’d love to work with some companies where I’d be sent on assignment and travel to different locations to provide images for them. I really enjoy travel and have the flexibility to do so. Seeing other parts of the world is high on my list.

What is your career path for the future? I’ve started to plan some workshops where


Sunrise at Ram River falls, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Sunset at Sunwapta Falls, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Feeling small at Skogafoss, Iceland ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Northern Lights near Edmonton, AlbertaŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.

Stormy day at Castle Mountain in Banff, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Sunrise over the boathouse at Maligne Lake, Alberta ŠMark Jinks. All rights reserved.


Canadian Landscape photographer

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@Nature_Wizards was created in August 2014. The idea was to showcase beautiful nature photos and to inspire other aspiring, passionate photographers, as well as to promote the already existing, hardworking photographers out there and to give them credit. Nature_Wizards posts 3-4 photos daily and never rests. We have been very fortunate to attract both amazing amateur photographers as well as professional ones. We now have Membership available so that we can treat our members like VIP's. We aim to feature at least one member's picture daily, by going through the members hashtag. Nature_Wizards is run by Jiyanne Lundberg Bleckert @xWhizmo who is passionate about nature's wizards and all the magical photos that come from it. Jiyanne aims to share the beauty of the world through Nature Wizards.

Top left: ©Crystal Hutchison @midnight_ photography Middle left: ©José Carlos de Almeida @ zecharlos0905 Bottom left: ©Mak Khosrow @makhosrow


Top middle: ©Manuel Carlos Lobo Coello @manuelo_bo Bottom middle: ©Ruri Mabruri @bruri

Top right: ©Al Ichsan Juniarsam @aljuniarsam Bottom right: ©Deb Clark @debc_nz


Miguel Valdivieso



ŠMiguel Valdivieso. All rights reserved.



ŠMiguel Valdivieso. All rights reserved.

Miguel Valdivieso


Miguel Valdivieso is an international international Landscape photographer who has developed a consistent line of work around long exposure techniques. Photography has been a private, introspective area where he has found a special sense of contemplation. With his work, Miguel pretends to share his fluid understanding of time around the objects he capture. He divests icons from their daily

attributes achieving minimalist pieces of quotidian art where the non used eyes hardly find beauty. Miguel displays an intensive activity as a collaborator of photography magazines with travel&photography tips of “his� places around the world. He also conducts a photography landscape workshops in Spain and has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions several times in Madrid, Spain.


Miguel presents his latest series about the Pyrenees. - The Pyrennes conform the natural border between Spain & France, formed by a sum of crest, alpine forests and Glacier National Park with lakes (Called Ibones) along almost 500km linking the cantabric Sea and the Mediterranean. -Besides geography, the Pyrenees is a nature paradise, full of contrasts, amazing lakes, a real place to wonder and be amazed by landscape at its best.


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Miguel masters the long exposure technique always present in the work. Trough long exposures of 30s and more (till 4 minutes in some cases) achieved with the use of ND filters he tries to depict a different view of the reality we observe. With his long exposure shoots, he also brings a time dimension into play creating a special atmosphere that makes his work so acknowledged.


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Miguel Valdivieso Contact

Website: email: miguel@mvaldivieso .com Facebook: valdivieso Instagram: @miguel.valdivieso twitter: fotomvaldivieso


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Miguel Valdivieso



Deb Clark Photography NZ


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Deb Clark Photography NZ I’m a landscape, seascape and tourism photographer from New Zealand. A relative newcomer to the photography scene my photography journey started less than two years ago. Before I started taking photos I was looking, but I didn’t really see. How incredible nature is to give us beautiful shades and mysterious shadows, hazy light and glowing skies, clouds of every description and the clearest of stars. How lucky we are! Outside is where I’m happiest, capturing moments in time. From the first light of morning to the last light of the dying day and often well into the night. Inspiration is all around us. Nature provides the most spectacular scenery and I believe locking it into an image for all time is an absolute privilege. I’m at one with the beach, but when the mountains are calling, as they so often do, I start heading South. I’m chasing he right light,


looking for the right angle, hoping for moving cloud or a surprise ........there is nothing quite like that feeling of when it all comes together. I often add a human element to my images when I believe it’s necessary, to tell the story, explain scale and for color. My favorite times to shoot are in the near dark of pre-dawn and twilight. There is something extra special and mysterious about the light at these times. I particularly enjoy the challenge of long exposures and these are the majority of my images. From a few seconds to a few minutes, I love the drama filters can give to an image. I’m always learning and looking at ways to extend my skills. I push the boundaries of accepted techniques, looking for the X factor.  That something extra that takes an image from average to exceptional.

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New Zealand … My

home Location: New Zealand’s lower North and South Islands. (Taranaki, Castle Point, Milford Sound, McKenzie Country and the Southern Alps) This series, for me, was about sharing my love for my home. Creating a collection that depicts the natural beauty I see through my lens and communicating this to my audience was very important to me. I wanted to show others the New Zealand I see. For a small country the landscape is diverse and incredibly dramatic. I went chasing magical moments set against the South Islands awe inspiring mountains and crystal clear glacial lakes. I found the uniqueness of a Mt Cook reflection, the moodiness that is Milford Sound and the rugged coastlines of

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Viggo Hansen

-The Aurora Touch-


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Location: The island Ringvassøy outside Tromsø in northern Norway Canon 100D, Canon EF-S 10-22 f / 3.5-4.5 USM 13sec at f / 3,5. 10mm. iso 1600 On this night i took a lots of shots. The aurora was so strong and appeared in every direction in the sky. I found an old peer as a motive and luckily the aurora appeared in the distance with the strongest colors i have seen. @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.


Viggo Hansen


was born and raised in the city of Tromsø above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. I work as a teacher just outside the Tromsø city center. I mostly take pictures of landscape, northern lights and animals because we live so close to the nature. Good spots for taking pictures are never far away, and if you have a car and can walk a bit it`s easy to get to interesting spots. In the arctic regions of Norway, we are lucky to have very different kinds of light. During wintertime, we have the Aurora Borealis or northern lights which can appear in so many different shapes and colors. In the summertime we have the midnight sun which can be equally spectacular again, it paints the sky in many different lights. Lately we have had a migration of many different whales in the fjords outside Tromsø, so I recon it will be a priority to try to catch some good shots of them when they arrive here in November. As a photographer, I started with a Canon 100D with a Canon EF-S 10-22/3.5-4.5 USM wide angle lens and bought a Sigma AF 70-300/4-5.6 DG APO after a while. I used those lenses to shoot landscape photos and animal portraits. After learning the basics with my camera, I then invested in a Canon 6D, with the lenses Canon EF 16-35/2.8 L USM II for landscapes, a Canon EF 70200/2.8 L IS II USM for portraits and even a Sigma AF 150-500/5-6.3 DG APO OS HSM to come really close to the objects. I am a self-taught photographer and long exposure shots is what I do most, and then often of the northern lights or Aurora Borealis. I often travel to the islands outside Tromsø to take shots of both landscapes and nature.


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Left Bottom: Location: The island KValøya outside Tromsø in northern Norway. Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 f / 2,8L II USM A sunset photo wich i shot laying down between some rocks. @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.



Was out looking for the Aurora Borealis. Location: A small valley on the island Ringvassøy outside Tromsø/Norway On this shot i tried to get as much reflections from the aurora as possible. My tripod was way under water and i almost could not reach it without getting wet. @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.



Location: Skipsfjord on Vannøya in northern Norway. Tried to catch the reflections from the midnigtsun in a small pound. Had to use my tripod to get the camera over some bushes in the foreground. Canon 6D, Canon 16-35. f / 2,8L II USM. 1/200sec at f / 7,1. 16mm. iso 100 @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.


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Top : Location: Skullsfjord, a short drive from Tromsø city Canon 6D, Canon 16-35 f / 2,8L II USM 1/100sec at f / 5,0. 35mm. iso 100 Drove a bit from Tromsø city trying to catch the light after sunset. Came across this valley. @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.

Left Bottom: Location: Skipsfjord at Vannøya in northern Norway. I was actually on a fishing trip when this special light accured and was so lucky to have a camera with me. In this shot i crawled down on my knees to catch the midnight sun just over the small treetops in the background. I tried to sort of frame in the picture with some small bushes. Canon 100D, Canon EF-S 10-22 f / 3.5-4.5 USM 1/100 sec at f / 10, 10mm, iso 100 @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.


Location: Tromvik at the island Kvaløya in northern Norway. I drove up a mountain to try catching the aurora. Luckily it appeared over the white mountain tops and down the valley. Had to use quite a long exposuretime to catch the colors in the foreground even though the moon lit up the landscape a bit Canon 6D, Canon 16-35. f / 2,8L II USM 13sec at f / 2,8. 16mm, iso 800 @Viggo Hansen. All rights reserved.


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