NZPhotographer Issue 27, January 2020

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WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING WITH?

I have a Canon 5D Mkiv and my trusty old Canon 6D

Mk1 as a back-up. On my recent China trip, I actually

took them both; I know most people are trying to

travel light these days but currently, I don’t have a

lightweight option. As an all purpose travel lens, I use

my 24-105mm f4. But I also took my 70-200mm f2.8

this trip, as it is my favourite lens. This meant carrying

a lot of weight up stairs etc, but it was worth it to get

the compression on the mountains in Zhangjiajie for

example, and the cormorant fisherman shot which

is shown on the cover. I also took my 16-35mm f4 to

make sure I got those epic wide shots.

WOULD YOU SAY YOU HAVE A CERTAIN

STYLE OR GRAVITATE TOWARDS 1 GENRE OF

PHOTOGRAPHY?

I would like to say no, but when I critique my own

work I do note I favour clean, balanced images with

a strongly considered composition, and I usually tell

my story through a single subject. As far as subjects

go I definitely favour people, in a range of contexts

- travel, street, sport, event and candid. But I enjoy

a range of genre really - I love shooting birds and

wildlife, and I enjoy dog photography (portraits,

candid, action, dog shows, agility.) I play with creative

techniques from time to time, and I am just learning to

love landscape photography!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PHOTO OF THE

CORMORANT FISHERMAN ON THE RIVER LI IN

YANGSHUO THAT FEATURES ON THE FRONT

COVER...

This was the photo I wanted to bring back from China.

I am so humbled and delighted to see it on the cover.

To give some background to the subject, the ancient

art of cormorant fishing dates back centuries. Back in

the day the fishermen would restrict the bird’s throat

to prevent them from swallowing the fish, and would

then bring the bird back to the boat to spit the fish

up. Though cormorant fishing was once a successful

industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism

industry as sadly, there is no longer a sufficient supply

of fish in the Li River.

The shot was taken at sunrise as the fisherman set

up for his day. I watched as he filled and lit his oil

lamp, donned his traditional bamboo fibre coat,

and organised his cormorants. He seemed to have

a genuine relationship with his birds, and this is what

I enjoy about this particular frame. Seeing him set

against the incredible mountains which are mimicked

by the shape of the birds definitely made this a

‘money shot’ for me.

LI RIVER FROM XIANGGONG MOUNTAIN

F4, 61s, ISO100

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