Today I’m please to introduce my readers to Tony Immoos. Tony is a landscape photographer with many beautiful shots on his Flickr stream. This post includes some examples of Tony’s landscape photos and a short interview I did with him. I hope you enjoy his work as I did. Don’t forget to follow him on Flickr.
Here is Tony’s interview:
1) How did you get involved in photography?
Honestly, I don’t remember the details. More than likely I had seen the work of Ansel Adams and decided to buy a camera and give it a try, which I did in 1983. I bought a Pentax 35mm SLR with two lenses, a 35 and a 50mm. Within a year I had a darkroom setup at home and was developing B&W film and prints.
2) What attracts you to landscape photography over other types of photography?
I’ve always enjoyed being in the outdoors. Fishing, hiking, golf and many other activities, I guess it was inevitable that I would start capturing the views while I was out there.
3) What is your favorite camera/lens combo for landscape photography?
The Olympus E-3 and the Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm, an excellent lens. A very high percentage of my landscape images have been taken with that combination.
4) What post-processing software do you use and what steps do you follow in your post-processing workflow?
Silkypix and Paint Shop Pro 8. Both a little dated but they do what I need them to do.
My workflow is mostly just making basic adjustments to an image. White balance, contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness and a crop if needed, which I do with silkypix. Sometimes in high contrast scenes I’ll use exposure blending in PSP8 to achieve a visual that the use of a neutral density filter couldn’t quite accomplish. For the most part I’ve stayed away from HDR. I can almost always get the look I want layering exposures or making a simple gamma adjustment to lift the shadows which might be all that is needed to balance out and image.
5) What tips would you offer to the rookie landscape photographer?
First, learn everything you can about your equipment, settings and capabilities, so when you’re out in the field you can make adjustments as necessary without too much thought.
And second… Stop! Take a look around every once in awhile and enjoy the view. I sometimes get too wrapped up in the photography when I’m at a beautiful location and I ignore the sights, sounds and the smell of nature. I’ll get home with a bunch of photographs but lacking the memories I should have of being there. I was once walking to south tufa at Mono Lake one morning, right after a heavy rainstorm, the smell of wet sage was thick in the air, I stopped for a few moments to really take it all in, I can still smell the sage all these years later.