Here we are again, it is Monday and I have another photographer to introduce to you, this time it is another person that I have met through Google+. Rodney Campbell has a massive following on Google+. I love his work and for me it is a real stand out, and I hope you feel the same.
There are many images of the coastline of Australia and especially around Sydney. Most of you know that I love photographing the coast and I am always on the look out for others who do to help me find inspiration. I find these amazing and would love to be getting images like this, I think I need to spend more time down at the beach.
I asked Rodney where in the world he was.
Where in the world indeed – I could ramble on and talk about my deranged mental state and my mind being out of this world :) but I’m guessing the simple literal answer is Sydney, Australia. Originally I grew up in country NSW but have lived in Sydney since moving here to attend University more than 30 years ago.
One of the things I find really inspiring from his work is the colours. I don’t know if he does anything to the colours, or enhances them, but I love them. There are deep rich colours. With the long exposures it really suits them.
I asked him why he was took photos for and for how long.
I’ve been taking photos seriously since I bought my first D-SLR in 2009 and have honed and practised my craft more seriously over the past four years. I had also been interested in photography when I was a child when my parents bought me a film camera (the Olympus OM-10) and my father helped build me a black and white darkroom in our garage. However when I moved to Sydney to attend University my photography took a back seat. When I bought a D-SLR in 2009 it was originally to simply better document the lives and growth of my daughters – I was feeling severely constrained trying to document their lives with a series of mediocre cameras. I had no idea how invested I would become in photography and this initial hobby quickly transformed into a major passion (obsession even). Today my primary love is landscape photography and a few other related genre’s like long exposure and night photography. I do shoot a lot of other things as well including architecture, cityscapes, childrens events, sport, candid portraits, macro, street and anything really :). However photographing seascapes and landscapes with long multi minute exposures before sunrise or after sunset during the twilight hour is such a serene and rewarding time – I love the peace and the spectacular displays nature puts on.
There seems to be something about people who do long exposures of the water that they also do architecture, another one of my favourites. I’m yet to try this, have to find the right building, but I know there will be one in Melbourne. I love the angle on this and the way it is photographed.
I asked Rodney where he found inspiration.
Photographically I’m inspired by the sheer beauty and variety of our natural world and at times the man made. I am a highly technical person by nature and for my IT work. I love photography – both because it can be highly technical and there is always more to learn & to master; but it also forces me to exercise the other (creative) side of my brain. This doesn’t come naturally to me and I’ve had to train myself to both see and work creatively. This is possibly also why I like the much slower and measured pace of landscape and night photography – I’m allowed much more time to contemplate and consider each and every shot – to perfect it in my mind before I take it, to show you the beauty in the universe as I felt it at that moment I took it.
It is nice to go through his work and see that there are other things there as well. It is quite surprising and you never know what you will find when start scrolling down. I love these birds, the tawny frogmouths, and nice to know quite a few live around near me.
I also asked him if there was anything special about the way he worked.
I’m assuming you’re asking this (and perhaps the previous) question about my own work – or perhaps you’re asking about being inspired by the work of others? I guess it’s a little hard to objectively judge my own work from the outside and make determinations as to whether it is even special. I of course like to think so, but as with all art the response is really in the eye of the beholder. If I was to say a few things about what I might find special about my own… I’d like to say that I have a reasonable eye for composition – both the natural for landscapes as well as the architectural for man made – and I’m completely happy to try every position I can including odd heights and angles. I also see myself as more of a “documenter of what was there” rather than a digital artist. I rely on and aim with my technique to get as much right or complete of the finished image in camera as I can and not excessively process the images later. In part this is simply because of the challenge itself to do so, but also because I’m lazy (post processor) (and I think I prefer the shooting experience more than being on the computer) and finally because it’s generally the look of images that I myself like to look at.
I love images like this, something that I definitely want to get back into this year when daylight savings finishes here in a couple of weeks. This is an amazing star trail, and I like the attention to detail with it as well, meaning the foreground, it is something that I want to make sure I include, and another thing to practice when I start doing this, some light painting.
Here is what gear Rodney uses.
Today I shoot with a Nikon D600 camera with a variety of lenses and gear I’ve accumulated over time for various types of work. For landscape work my most loved and most used lenses would be the Nikon 16-35/4 and 24-70/2.8, tho I also use other lenses for specific cases – e.g. the Rokinon 15/2.8 (great for night, milky way, star trails light painting) and I have a variety of lenses going from fisheye to 500mm which I use at different times when I’m not shooting landscapes.
When shooting landscapes I use the Lee slot in filter system with a variety of filters (including my most used being the Lee 0.6 & 0.9 hard grads, Formatt-Hitech 0.9 reverse grad, Lee little and bigstoppers and Heliopan 105mm circular polariser). I use a Sirui N2204 carbon fibre tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 PCLR ball head and a Phottix wireless intervalometer remote.
You can see a more detailed list of gear for different types of photography here: http://www.rc.au.net/blog/whats-in-my-camera-bag/
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rodney for allowing me to showcase him and his work here. It would be wonderful if you could go and take a look at his Google+ page. He also has a blog, Rodney Campbell’s Blog. You can find him on other social media sites as well, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr.
I have a gallery of some of the images that I really liked, I hope you like them too, don’t forget to go and see many more images with his links.