Alex is a fellow Aussie, living in Melbourne. When I came across his landscape work I new he would due a great addition to the RAW family. Enjoy and make sure you check out his work.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 24 year old currently living in Melbourne, Australia. I spent the first 23 years of my life on a beautiful little island called Tasmania where most of my photographs were captured. Unfortunately photography isn’t my profession so when I’m not picking up the camera, I’m working in IT.
What made you get into photography?
I was introduced to photography by taking a film photography course at school on a whim. The course was interesting but didn’t overly inspire me due to class assignments being constrained to areas that weren’t my thing. It wasn’t until after completing the course that I picked up a Canon 350D DSLR camera and got hooked on the instant gratification that is digital photography.
How did you get started?
I’ve always been inspired by what others post online. The first style of photography that really grabbed me was long exposures of traffic that others were doing at the time. I really liked the fact the camera could be used to completely transform a scene. I guess you could say this kicked off my interest in long exposure photography.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Long exposure photography but in particular seascape scenes.
What gear are you using?
My kit consists of:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40 L
Canon 24-70 L
Canon 50 1.4
Cokin Z-Pro ND Kit
B+W 110 Kit
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The 17-40 and previous to that, the Canon 10-22. I’m a sucker for ultra wide angle lenses but they do present their difficulties when composing a shot due to capturing so much of a scene. I find you have to be especially careful when composing to ensure the viewer immediately has something to draw their eyes on like a jetty or key rock in the middle of the frame. Without this it can be easy to accidentally clutter your composition.
How are you marketing yourself?
As photography is only a hobby for me, I mostly try to market myself through my blog and social network sites. While it’s nice to make sales, I try not to get too stuck up on the idea as it almost takes the fun out of things a little.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
This photograph captured at Mortimer Bay will always be a special one for me. Standing on my own clutching an umbrella over the camera as rain clouds rolled in during sunset, I knew this photo had the potential to be a winner as I clicked the shutter and then waited 10 minutes for the exposure to complete. When the 10 minute exposure finished I was ecstatic with the result. There’s something about shooting a scene on your own and knowing you’re the only one who will capture the scene in those particular conditions.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I can’t comment specifically on going professional as I’m just a hobbyist myself but If I can make one suggestion to new photographers would be to use others as a source of inspiration. Sometimes just slowing down and seeing how others capture a scene can be a great tool to grasp how to better compose for a scene and also understand how others might use shorter or longer exposures to best capture a scene. By doing this it will help you better develop your own style as you’re inspired by the many fantastic photographers out there.