What photo gear are you using?
- Mirrorless Camera Sony Alpha 7r III.
- Lenses Sony FE 16-35 f4, Sony FE 70-300, Samyang FE 45 f1.8.
- 3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0 Tripod, 3 Legged Thing Airhead 360 Tripod Head.
- Smallrig L-bracket .
- Nisi V5 pro Filters Holder, polarizer filter, Gradient ND 2, 4, 8 et ND1000.
- F-stop Gear Ajna Backpack et Lowepro Flipside Trek 350 AW.
- Peak design Capture pro.
Why Sony ?
I spent a lot of time travelling and hiking in the mountains in the past few years and today I feel the need to have a lighter and smaller camera system than the traditional DSLR.
The Sony Alpha line up is exactly what I was looking for. The sensors have an amazing dynamic range and the high resolution of the A7RIII gives me the possibility to crop (sometimes) and keep a great amount of details in my photographs. Exactly what I want and what I need for my work.
What softwares do you use for editing?
I always edit my RAWs with Lightroom first but sometimes I use Capture One as well (color corrections). It mostly depends on the file I would say. I always finish my editing on Photoshop for the local corrections, noise reduction and the sharpening.
I don’t use scripts or presets, at the end it takes a bit more time but I feel that this way I can control every aspects of the editing. From one photograph to another, the light and ambiances are always different anyway.
Can you give us more details on what kind of gear you are using when hiking or travelling?
You’ll find here a short list of what I have in my backpack in the mountains or far from home:
- Lowe Alpine 65+15L hiking backpack.
- Mammut or Scarpa boots.
- MSR hubba hubba NX 2p tent.
- Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm sleeping pad.
- Cumulus Panyam 600 sleeping bag.
- Cumulus Incredilite down jacket.
- Waterproof Sealskinz socks and gloves.
- Goretex Pro Outdoor Research Hard shell .
- MSR Pocket Rocket and Sea-to-summit X-pot.
- Black diamonds trail back trekking poles.
- Suunto Ambit 3 Peak watch.
And many more little things here and there. But please don’t forget a first aid kit and a good map when going out in the wild!
How did you learn photography?
I am what we call a self taught photographer. A few years ago my best friends were a few books and a lot of specialized on-line forums! I like spending time looking for answers by myself, trying new stuff and gaining experience in the field.
There is no real limit to knowledge, it is important to keep practicing everyday, discovering new technics, finding new tips to create and make our work more special and valuable.
Workshops are a great way to improve ourselves quickly. It’s often faster and more efficient to talk to someone and listen to a passionate and professional photographer than spending hours on-line reading lines!
Any tips or advices you'd like to share?
Let’s say that everything is about composition and light in photography. It’s pretty basic talking but it’s so true! Always trying to understand what is working or not in your shots and why? Get out there early, come back late. Get out of your comfort zone, fight the elements! Even better, make one with them.
What is your favorite location?
I love wild open spaces, mountains or ocean it doesn’t really matter, but mostly locations where there is no human element for miles around. I fell in love not too long ago with the cold, the blue of the North Canadian territory!
And Scotland of course, it’s a beautiful love story full of light, moody clouds and magic ambiances.
What do you like next to photography?
I like all kind of craftsmanship but mostly green woodworking. Nothing as beautiful as a nice curvy and thin wooden cherry spoon. It’s like coming back to basics, an amazing mix of Nature and Human skills.