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A duet in photography with Ruth Eastham and Max Paoli

January 24, 2011

Name: Ruth Eastham

Country: UK / Italy

What’s in the bag:

  • Canon 5D MkII
  • Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm L macro
  • ND graduated filters

How much time do you spend travelling for photography a year: On average, 4 months a year, including weekends!

Favourite photography subject and why: Markets in different parts of the world: colours, people, atmosphere.

Most photographic country: Italy: striking mix of wild, rural, city and historic landscapes.

The best photo you’ve taken: Gannets in flight over their nests, silhouetted against the sunset – shapes and colour come together, capturing a dynamic moment in a natural place.

What first got you interested in photography: Finding my first SLR on a second-hand market stall in Bucharest.

What was your first big break: Getting images published in a calendar of New Zealand wildscapes.

Tips for budding photographers: Know your equipment, be technical but be imaginative.

Tips for taking photos: No two visits to the same place are the same, be ready to go back, and back…

Next assignment: Snowball fights in the Dolomite Mountains.

Two Australian gannets (Morus Serrator) fly above colony at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand.

Name: Max Paoli

Country: UK / Italy

What’s in the bag:

  • Canon 5D MkII
  • Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm L macro
  • ND graduated filters

How much time do you spend travelling for photography a year: On average, 4 months a year.

Favourite photography subject: Low light seascapes – magic effects with a sense of awe.

Most photographic country: New Zealand: dramatic and diverse wildscapes.

The best photo you’ve taken: Monument Valley lit at sunset after a storm: incredible light caught by clouds and rain droplets still in the air with dramatic lighting on rocks.

 

Monument Valley basked in the glow of a sunset proceeding a storm.

 

 

What first got you interested in photography: A research trip to Indonesia while still a student.

What was your first big break: Winning a national competition in the UK with a portfolio of three composition images published in a magazine.

Tips for budding photographers: Find inspiration from other photographers but work on your own style.

Tips for taking photos: Strive to find new perspectives in known places.

Next assignment: Trekking in the Sahara.

Mt Ruapehu erupting, Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand.

Ruth is not just a great photographer, but a dab hand at writing as well. Find out about her latest novel, which has been shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Prize 2011.

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