Ever since I owned my first camera, photography has been a constant passion for me. Landscape has become my main photography genre.
It is partly because my childhood and youth were in a village near the city. And I used to go there every summer on vacation. I always didn’t like big cities, but I felt at home in the countryside.
As soon as I got a camera, it became my constant companion on trips to the countryside. I took pictures of everything I saw around me. Pretty soon, taking pictures of the scenery became the main reason for the trip. Sometimes I annoyed my family members who had other plans. These attempts left a lot to be desired. But I learned from my mistakes and gained experience.
The turning point was 2009. Me and another photographer went on a trip to Lake Ladoga. We travelled by boat. Surrounded by unfamiliar landscapes, I was truly awakened by a real passion for photography. I was amazed by the beauty of the harsh landscape. The vast expanse of water in front of me, the steep shores, the pine trees on the island and total privacy. It was simply stunning.
Lake Ladoga was a place of strength for me. And it’s still there today.
In those years, I was filming the MF camera Mamiya 645 AFD. And I used the Fuji Velvia 100 film. There were only 16 frames in one movie. At the same time, I had to do an exposure bracketing. I got 5-6 frames per movie. It’s expensive, believe me.
This approach taught me to look carefully for the composition of a frame. It was a wonderful experience. I still have one 64GB card for the week of shooting today.
The combination of careful planning, passion, intuition, choice of place and time, creativity and technical skills is the key to my success.
It’s been ten years. I’ve been to dozens of countries, written a guide to the Lofoten Islands, held seminars. But I always follow the same principles.
It’s not easy being a landscape photographer. Early to get up, late to bed, wet in the rain, freezing in the wind. But when I think about beautiful sunsets, exciting sunrises, a fantastic journey, you realize it’s worth it.
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