All posts filed under: Landscape & Wildlife

Extraordinary experiences: Photography as a practice of self-growth

Hong Zuo is a Chinese-American landscape photographer living between Boston and Beijing. After a chance encounter with photography on a hiking trip, Hong fell in love with what is now her favorite medium for self-expression, as well as a practice that helps her keep a healthy mind and body.   I don’t consider myself a professional photographer, although I am a passionate one. In fact, I have a career in accounting. Still, photography is not just a hobby for me, it’s a way of life – my way of evolving as a person. And I take it quite seriously as well. So far, I’ve published a best-selling Landscape Photography Album, I’ve exhibited my work in many cities, either in solo exhibitions or as part of international photo exhibitions, and I’ve been lucky to sign with the best photo agencies in China. In 2017, I was also honoured to receive the “Excellent Photographer Award” in the Pingyao International Photography Festival, the largest photo exhibition in China.   Back in 2002, I had some serious health issues …

Extraordinary encounters: The camera is a passport

Marc Koegel is a Vancouver-based landscape photographer. He first came to Canada from Germany to study Economics, but once he graduated, Marc decided he wanted to be a photographer instead. Today, he creates fine-art photography of melancholy architecture and landscapes, but also teaches photography and leads the Vancouver Photo Workshops community.   Photography enables me to have extraordinary life experiences. It makes me travel to places and meet people I would never encounter if it weren’t for my camera, which creates a connection to them. The camera is a passport, a warrant to connect to these places and people on a deeper, more meaningful level. And it’s not only about the experiences themselves, but also about creating memories. I enjoy a lot travelling and photographing alone, so the images I take become memories that I then share with my family and friends. That’s why they’re very precious to me. On a different level, photography is a tool to exercise my creativity. All people need an outlet for their creativity, their imagination. Photography is just my …

Extraordinary stories: Every photo is a journey

Steven Friedman is a fine art landscape photographer from Salt Spring Island, B.C., Canada. He almost literally stumbled upon photography three decades ago, when he discovered a lost camera on a hike. Since then, he’s been refining his style of intimate fine art landscape photography, characterized by careful compositions of nature at its purest. With each image, Steven carries the viewer through time and space to the moment when he took the shot, after days of hiking and hours of hunting for the spot where all of nature comes together in harmony.   Before becoming a full-time photographer, I worked as an economist. Interestingly, some unexpected similarities between the two professions. In economic forecasting, I analyze large volumes of data to find a story in their connections. To me that’s the same as when I’m in a forest and have to interpret all the chaos in front of me, trying to come up with a composition worthy of a fine art print to be sold in a gallery. I had never taken a picture in …

Extraordinary moments: How photography saved my life

Stefano Gardel is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Lugano, Switzerland. His aesthetic is built on gloomy atmospheres and almost surreal cityscapes that give an out-of-world dimension to ordinary spaces. Photography means the world to him. It’s the thing that came to rescue him from the darkest period of his life and offered him a new creative outlet, a new career, and a cure.   I first played with a photo camera one summer 15 years ago. I remember experimenting with long exposures and night photography, having a lot of fun and, for a brief moment, even thinking about becoming a photographer. But then I went on with my profession as a chiropractor. Fast forward to 3 years ago when I was at my lowest point, after my health had been getting worse for the past 6 years. I had Lyme disease without knowing it, my body was in a lot of pain, my brain was foggy, I couldn’t eat or drink almost anything, I could barely do my job. I was getting depressed …

Casting a new light on landscape photography

This month we launched a brand new camera system, one designed for photographers whose passion take them far and wide, to distant and spectacular places. The Phase One XT was created to be brought along on long trails and off-road scouting expeditions, just the kind that Reuben Wu, the newest Phase One Ambassador, likes to venture on. So we gave him an XT Camera System and sent him off to Bolivia, to capture its beauty in a light only he knows how to cast.   Capturing the beauty close to us Hi, I’m Reuben. People often describe my photography as “otherworldly”, and say the landscapes I capture don’t appear to be from this planet, but what I’m trying to show are truly “worldly” images of places close to us. We’ve been exploring other planets but have yet to see anything as extraordinary as the landscapes we have right here on Earth. So what I want to do through my photography is to renew people’s perspective of our own planet, to make the familiar appear new …

Exploring the beauty of black & white photography with the IQ4 150MP Achromatic

Why I photograph I photograph to have life experiences and to share them with family, friends and the rest of the world. My camera has taken me to dozens of countries and opened many doors. It has led me to strangers who invited me into their lives. Without photography, I simply would have missed out on many memorable, enjoyable and inspiring adventures. I believe that the journey is much more fascinating than the destination. You have to enjoy what you are doing, and when you do, photographs will find you. I do plan some projects and journeys beforehand, but as often as I can, I do enjoy just responding and reacting to what is presented in front of me. My aesthetic My photographic style is black & white, minimal, silent, fine art landscape and architecture photography. I’m interested in interpretation rather than representation of a given scene, subject and location. This is, in short, why I chose to work in black & white. I have been in love with it ever since I started seriously …

Refocusing life on a passion

Peter Wiederholt’s story is a remarkable one. He was a successful banker and real estate investor who took a leap and began to refocus his life on his true passion. It takes bravery to make such a life change, and sometimes it’s something you simply can’t help – a gnawing need to express the thing that’s in your heart. For some, that’s art. For others, it’s an obsession in finding fulfilment through mastering a craft. We talked to Peter about this fantastic journey, where it began, and where it has taken him. The start of the journey “Starting in the 1990’s, I had a Contax S2, a Leica M6 and then a Hasselblad 503CW. I initially liked the technical aspect of these mechanical instruments. My main objective at the time was to create pictures for my own walls of the cities (London, Frankfurt, NYC) where I had worked. I soon realized that 35mm did not give a good enough image quality for what I wanted to achieve. Back then, 6×6 was the right compromise of …

Capturing Antarctica with a Prototype IQ4 150MP Digital Back

This story was written by Peter Marshall, photographer and Phase One Certified Professional instructor. I was exceedingly lucky to get my hands on a very early prototype of the IQ4 150MP Digital Back to take on my travels over four weeks through Patagonia and Antarctica. Throughout this time, I was able to use this prototype both on a technical camera and on the Phase One XF. This really tested the equipment – pushing the limits of what you can capture, and where you can take this system; from hiking through the mountains in torrential rain and hurricane-strength winds, to the freezing temperatures of Antarctica. Starting in Patagonia, with long days of hiking where weight and space became the crucial factor when deciding what I would carry, I opted for the technical camera set up. The BSI sensor gives an amazing result with very little to no color cast – even from the wider lenses on the technical camera. And the color rendition is better than any IQ Digital Back I have tested. Due to the …

Timothy Wolcott photographing Antarctica with the IQ3 100MP Digital Back and the XF Camera Body

Tip of the iceberg: Timothy Wolcott photographing Antarctica

Professional photographer, Timothy Wolcott comes from a long line of photographers. He has continued the family tradition, specializing in landscape photography, for which he was twice awarded “World’s Best Landscape Photograph” by the Smithsonian. He shoots with Phase One, and we asked him about his inspiration for his Antarctica shoot and his techniques. Where do you find your inspiration? “I find my inspiration from looking at photography like I was a painter. I look at paintings, Japanese folding screens and drawing out my future photographs I hope to see in the wild. I try to capture the landscape in its most intimate form. I like to make them look like a fantasy by envisioning what light is needed to make the most amazing images. Then waiting and picking exactly the right height, angle space around the subject. I’m usually inspired by bits and pieces of things I’ve seen and I draw hoping to see them in the future.” How do you pick your locations for your photography? “Most of the time finding the right location is about finding …

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography using Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Camera System

Using both DSLR and medium format

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography. His clean, graphic Scandinavian style is the signature of his work. Like most photographers, his camera bag contains more than one camera. We sat down with Tom and asked him what’s behind his camera choices. What drives you and your photography?  “I think what drives me is a curiosity for photography and its impact, as well as the constant evolution of technology and self-development that lies in that craft. Trying to discover new areas of photography and getting out of my comfort zone is also extremely interesting to me. I have many clients that give me jobs I would not normally do, but they understand my image language and appreciate it, often wanting to have something different than they usually get. I have been shooting on Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Sinar, Fuji, Leica, Hasselblad and Sony cameras, but it was only with the XF Camera System that I experienced upgrades that …

Drew Altdoerffer on the Schneider Kreuznach blue ring lenses

The Blue Ring Lens Family: The right lens for the right job

Phase One’s Product Manager, Drew Altdoerffer shares his point of view on our wide range of Blue Ring Lenses. Any image, no matter what features or tools the camera may provide, is only as good as the lens that captures it. Sure, there are subjective aesthetic qualities of certain lenses. However, objective qualities like sharpness, resolution, durability and versatility are all essential for professional photographic results. I hope we can all agree on that much. The specific lens you use, how you use it and why you use it, is certainly grounds for a discussion. In the vein of that discussion I have to be honest: my views are completely biased, as I’ve worked for Phase One for nearly 9 years. Nevertheless, even well before that time you could always find me with Phase One in my hands. As a Product Manager I have innumerable opportunities to use and test the Phase One equipment. This is not only taking place in a studio environment but under rather demanding conditions as well. Among other responsibilities here in Copenhagen, I manage the PODAS (Phase One …

Phase One top most-liked posts on Instagram 2017

Your favorite Instagram posts of 2017

2017 has been a year full of stunning pictures, incredible journeys, and stories that have entertained us all. We decided to get nostalgic and look back on 2017’s top 9 most-liked posts as a big thank-you to all you fantastic photographers and followers. We’re so grateful to you all for supporting us, liking our pictures, and engaging with our posts. Much more to come in 2018! Incredible portraits in medium format Your most-liked picture of the year is this portrait of Christopher Walken by Rick Wenner “This portrait of the incredible Christopher Walken is one of my all-time favorite images I’ve shot. I was assigned by Observer to go to Walken’s home in Connecticut and was told that I would get an hour of his time, which blew my mind as I am used to only getting a few minutes with celebrities. We had multiple setups ready to go when Chris (he let me call him Chris) was ready and we started with this seamless background set up. We had a nice conversation while I …