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Hellnar, Iceland
Phase One XF 150MP, 55mm Schneider lens, f5.6 for 30 seconds, ISO 50 (exposure averaging)

Gee, I can ramble on! While away on a family holiday in January, Phase One and Drew Altdoerffer released a little YouTube video where Drew and I chew the fat about lots of different photography subjects. If you'd like to take a look or listen, you'll find it here:

The interview was done on my way back from Iceland late last year after leading a Phase One photo tour with Better Moments' Christian Norgaard. I also had a little job to do in Iceland: to play with the new Phase One XT camera so initially I thought the interview would be all about the new camera.

However, Drew had bigger ideas and he kindly talked me through my overall approach to photography - why I use particular cameras, what my workflow is based on, and the ideas behind the work I create. I'm listening to it as I write up this blog - gee, I can ramble on! Turn it on and listen to it like a podcast might be the best idea - Drew sounds very educated if nothing else and you can check out his tattoos and beard!

This is one of the images I took in Iceland and it features during the interview on the screen behind us. It's taken at Hellnar where I have stayed several times before, on a cliff looking out to sea. However, what I had never seen before was the little bay down below the cliffs and this is one of the reasons I really enjoy visiting locations multiple times: it extends your appreciation. And it gives you more depth to the portfolio of work you create.

Post-production is great and it can certainly enhance and even improve our images, but it can't help you capture images you haven't yet taken. And it's of limited assistance if you don't have appropriate weather or light. 

In the days of yore, National Geographic photographers would be sent on assignment for periods of weeks if not months or even years. Why? Because to do a location justice requires time. You can buzz through five or six great locations in a few days and take photographs, but to capture the essence of these locations requires multiple visits and time spent in contemplation. While you might capture one or two great photos on a speed trip, to photograph a location well takes time.

That link again:

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