The person I would like to introduce you to today is someone I don’t really know, but would really like to. Kaz from Days and Months has been telling me about some of the photographers she really enjoys and Jeff Sinon, and his blog Jeff Sinon Photography was one of them. I was blown away when I saw his blog and knew that I had to seek permission so I could shoe you his work, though I am pretty sure many of you already know him. I could tell he photographed an area that was nothing like where I lived, so he told me he lives in the lakes region of New Hampshire. “Putting me a short drive from both the seacoast and the mountains. Most of my photography is focused on New Hampshire with some time in Maine as well.”
One of the things that really get to you first is the colour, or the colours in his work, they are very warm. There is something very inviting about them. So different to my own work in that respect. I seem to make everything dark. I love the way Jeff portrays what he sees.
As usual I also asked Jeff how long he had been doing photography and why he takes photos.
I first picked up a camera back in 2008. I’m not sure how to answer this one. I love being outdoors, and since getting my first camera and realizing I had a knack for nature and landscape photography, I feel almost compelled to capture and share some of the amazing things I’ve seen. I can’t not photograph.
I imagine living where he does he would see a fair bit of the white stuff, snow. Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I love photos of snow. It fascinates me, and intrigues me. We get snow in Australia, but only in a small part and not a lot, and we certainly don’t get rivers and lakes freezing over, it never gets that cold here. I was so happy to see that Jeff has lots of “winter” style photos on his blog.
I asked Jeff about inspiration.
Like most of us I’m inspired to create great photographs. As primarily a landscape photographer I spend a lot of time chasing the most dramatic weather and light. I’ll take storm clouds at sunrise over clear blue skies every time.
After reading about his inspiration it makes sense when you see his photographs. Who wouldn’t be inspired if they lived this close to such beauty. I think, I sometimes look at images like this and feel a sense of sadness for myself, that I don’t live near this sort of thing, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am lucky that I live in a different country that often offers landscapes that are so different. I do think we should all make the most of what is around us and see the beauty there and I think Jeff does that so well. It is a good reminder for all of us.
Is there anything special about how you work, is always one of the questions.
Is there anything special about my work? No, I don’t think there is. I would like to think that my photos showcase the natural beauty of New Hampshire, yet I often tell people that my biggest talent as a photographer is the willingness to put in the effort to be there when Mother Nature is showing off.
I don’t do that enough, being where Nature is showing off, it is something I will take from this and try and make more effort to do. There is something so pristine about his images, it is wonderful. I love the way Jeff sees and the way he takes photos, it is very good, there is a calmness about it, it is very relaxing to look at.
My final question, what all photographers want to know, what gear do you use?
I’m a Canon guy. Currently I’m shooting 7D Mk II and my go to lenses are the Canon 17-40 F/4L and the 70-200 F/4L IS. I never leave home without my tripod and prefer to use filters in the field as opposed to trying to duplicate them in the computer.
The point about filters is a good one, and one that we have been exploring here quite a bit recently.
I would like to thank Jeff so much for allowing me to show his images to you here. I have rather a large gallery, I was finding it hard to stop picking images, so there are still a lot more for you to go and see over on his blog, Jeff Sinon Photography, I know you will find lots to love there. Here is a gallery of some of the images that I really liked.