Photo of the Week 24 September 2013
Congratulations to Randy Little for his gorgeous shot “Mt. Watchmen, Zion National Park.” The rich colors and composition of this landscape caught our eye and that’s why we’ve selected it as our Photo of the Week this week. We had the chance to speak with Randy about his image and his other photographic work. Be sure to check out his answers below. You can find more info and beautiful images from Randy Little here: www.tomokoandlittle.com.
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for the image?
For this shot there was a 3 camera set up- one film and two digital. The film camera was my favorite a Yashica Mat LM that belonged to my father. The digitals were a Mamiya AFD III with 35mm Sekor and Leaf 65S back, and a Sony Alpha NEX 7 with Contax G 28mm. This image is actually off the NEX 7, an amazing little camera with the right lenses. In this case some of the image fell off from the lens on the sensor and it has created some nice color effects.
Where was the image taken? How did you plan for the shot?
This is Mt. Watchmen in Zion National Park, Utah. I take a version of this shot every time I pass though park which is usually at least twice a year, sometimes more. So I am pretty familiar with the lighting characteristics of this view.
How much time did you spend in post-production editing the image?
Not that much. There is zero retouching only color correction done during the Raw conversion.
What is your favorite part about landscape photography?
The landscape is peaceful. You have to find the shot you want then you sit and wait for it to be right. I suppose I could’ve created a CG retouched landscape and that would have been fine. However, I do that type of work commercially so when I am doing my personal work I prefer to stay away from that. I am there to see what is there, what is meant to be there naturally. I then mold that via what I would consider non invasive manipulation to how the landscape felt to me the moment I was there.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
After I graduated from R.I.T. I had the good fortune to work for some of the best photographers to grace the planet. The two that had the biggest impact on shaping me were Joyce Tenneson and Ryszard Horowitz. While their work looks radically different, they are both very allegorical. Many of the others I worked for in my past also have helped me find my personal direction.
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I enjoy all styles of photography. I find that for all genres it’s just a matter of applying my personal style. The only thing I don’t really do is portrait work, seems odd since I do a fair amount of lifestyle but they really are not the same. I also really enjoy product photography as long as it’s more illustrative. It’s nice to work with objects in balance to people, and vice versa.
As a professional photographer and cinematographer by trade, my personal and professional work used to be nearly polar opposites. That is changing though as more and more people want the editorial look for their assignment work. So as one style of work becomes requested more for assignments the other styles tend to move into what I do personally. The product side of things is really a combination of injecting the product into lifestyle shots, so it seems the style I shoot my personal editorial projects in is being requested as the style for my professional work.
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