What do you think photographers new to the genre overlook?
"The photographic world is rife with plagiarism. Landscape photography is particularly prone to this, as the discovery of locations with strong photographic potential is the hardest part of the process. But the artists who stand out the most have dug deep to the core of their imagination. Be original – it's not easy, but so much more rewarding."
Your work has become synonymous with the expression ‘Chasing the Light’, but what’s the lesson here?
"The light can make or break a shoot; an innocuous subject in sparkling light can make for a stunning capture, while even the Grand Canyon under uninspiring illumination struggles to impress. In fact, I often feel I'm shooting the light as much as the subject – hence the catchphrase."
When you arrive at a location, how do you decide where to set up?
"I always have a plan of what I'm trying to shoot, why and how. Few plans survive first contact with Mother Nature, but far better to start with a plan and adapt to circumstances than to aimlessly walk out the door hoping to stumble across opportunities. Preparation is key, but so is flexibility."
Can you reveal your shooting process?
"I'll arrive on location well before the optimum time. I virtually always use Aperture Priority mode and Evaluative Metering. I compose first using the eyepiece, then scrutinise using Live View. I'll do test shots as I'm waiting. The decisive moment when the light is just right often lasts just a few seconds."
What's your secret for success in post production?
"The scope for enhancing images is enormous, but so is the potential for ruining them! Simplicity is the key. If in doubt, don't do it. Most of my images require only a few minutes' attention, just an adjustment of black and white points and a few selective tweaks of contrast and brightness."