Artist Feature – Commercial Photographer Curtis Hustace (Podcast 567)

Today I welcome Curtis Hustace to the show to talk about his thirty year career as a commercial photographer and to walk us through some of the techniques he uses when creating his beautiful still life photography.
As this was an ad-lib conversation, we don’t have a manuscript to share with you this week, so please listen with the audio player above, and follow along with the images we discuss below.
Curtis Hustace

Curtis Hustace

Here are the key discussion points.

Artist Feature – Commercial Photographer Curtis Hustace (Podcast 567)

Today I welcome Curtis Hustace to the show to talk about his thirty year career as a commercial photographer and to walk us through some of the techniques he uses when creating his beautiful still life photography.
As this was an ad-lib conversation, we don’t have a manuscript to share with you this week, so please listen with the audio player above, and follow along with the images we discuss below.
Curtis Hustace

Curtis Hustace

Here are the key discussion points.

2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 2 Travelogue #3 (Podcast 566)

This week we conclude our travelogue series to walk you through the second of my Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017, with a number of Sea Eagle photographs.
We pick up the trail at dawn on day ten, when we were out on a boat to photograph the Steller’s Sea Eagles and White-Tailed Eagles at sunrise and for a while after that. The sea ice drifts down from Russia and we hope that it drifts far enough to make it’s way around the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula and down into the Nemuro Strait, close to the fishing town
Steller's Sea Eagle at Sunrise
Dawn Squabble
Trading Places
King of the Hill
Eagle Takes Flight
How Many Eagles!?
Snow Kickin' Eagle
What!?
Haunted Trees
Haunted Trees without ICM
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 2 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 564)

Having completed the second of my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017 recently, today we start a travelogue series to walk you through our adventures with a selection of photographs to illustrate.

As this tour is a repeat of the first tour, and we do this every year, I’m going to skip over some of the details, and we will work through these images as quickly as possible. I’ve selected 30 shots to share, so this will be a three part series. We start with our visit to Nagano, four hours north-west of Tokyo, to photograph the adorable

Monkey Ball
Tough Life for a Snow Monkey
Snow Monkey Cuddle
Shaking Off Snow
Furry Cocoon
Calling Cranes
Crane Preening
Into the Snow
Snowy Morning at Setsuri River
Crane in Flight
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 1 Travelogue #3 (Podcast 563)

Having completed my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017, today we conclude our travelogue series for tour one with a condensed walkthrough of our last four days over on the Shiretoko Peninsula.
We spend three days in Rausu, where we photograph the sea eagles, and in the afternoon, we generally head down the Notsuke Peninsula, to photograph the deer and northern red foxes. On the way over to Rausu we visit a number of Ural Owl nests that I know of, but none of the owls are on their nests this year. I have spoken to a guide
Elderly Stag
Foxes Comparing Mouth Size
Wrong Time and Plaice
Intimate Eagle
Steller's Sea Eagle with Talons Out
Steller's Sea Eagle Over Harbor Wall
Frolicking Fox
Ezo Fox Stretch
Steller's Catch
Breaking Free
Eagle Acrobatics Before Mount Rausu
Sinister Birch
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 1 Travelogue #2 (Podcast 562)

Having completed the first of my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017, today we continue our travelogue series to walk you through our adventures along with a selection of photographs.
We pick up the trail today on day six. Last week we’d completed our last visit to the bridge to photograph the Red-Crowned Cranes in their idillic misty river surroundings, and after breakfast we drove over to Lake Kussharo to photograph the Whooper Swans there. We first stopped in a corner of the lake called Kotan, then, after lunch, seeing how the group were obviously flagging from our
Whooper Swan Over Frozen Lake
Swans and Mountains
Display of Wings
Yeah!?
Whooper Swans Fly In
Nine Whooper Swans
Panned and Panned
Whooper Swan Slow Fly In
Serious Panning
Sulphur Mountain Fumaroles
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 1 Travelogue #2 (Podcast 562)

Having completed the first of my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017, today we continue our travelogue series to walk you through our adventures along with a selection of photographs.
We pick up the trail today on day six. Last week we’d completed our last visit to the bridge to photograph the Red-Crowned Cranes in their idillic misty river surroundings, and after breakfast we drove over to Lake Kussharo to photograph the Whooper Swans there. We first stopped in a corner of the lake called Kotan, then, after lunch, seeing how the group were obviously flagging from our
Whooper Swan Over Frozen Lake
Swans and Mountains
Display of Wings
Yeah!?
Whooper Swans Fly In
Nine Whooper Swans
Panned and Panned
Whooper Swan Slow Fly In
Serious Panning
Sulphur Mountain Fumaroles
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 561)

Last week we completed the first of my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017. Today I’m starting a travelogue series to walk you through our adventures via a selection of my photographs.
As usual the tour was a lot of fun, and very productive. I was able to keep up with my initial selection of photographs each day as the tour progressed, and I ended up shooting just under 6,000 images, which isn’t a lot for a wildlife trip, but I’m shooting with 5Ds R bodies which are slow, and I’ve been to the locations
Snow Monkey Forging Through Deep Snow
Snow Monkey's Arrest
Fur Coat
Haa!
Shoulder High Snow
Six Adult Cranes in Flight
Cranes in River Mist at Dawn
Crane in Front of Trees
Three Cranes Taking Off
Cranes Call in Mist
Dancing at Dawn
Cranes Take Flight at River
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2017 Japan Winter Wildlife Photography Tour 1 Travelogue #1 (Podcast 561)

Last week we completed the first of my two Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido, Japan Winter Wildlife tours for 2017. Today I’m starting a travelogue series to walk you through our adventures via a selection of my photographs.

As usual the tour was a lot of fun, and very productive. I was able to keep up with my initial selection of photographs each day as the tour progressed, and I ended up shooting just under 6,000 images, which isn’t a lot for a wildlife trip, but I’m shooting with 5Ds R bodies which are slow, and I’ve been to the locations

Snow Monkey Forging Through Deep Snow
Snow Monkey's Arrest
Fur Coat
Haa!
Shoulder High Snow
Six Adult Cranes in Flight
Cranes in River Mist at Dawn
Crane in Front of Trees
Three Cranes Taking Off
Cranes Call in Mist
Dancing at Dawn
Cranes Take Flight at River
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Tour 2017 Travelogue #3 Wakkanai (Podcast 559)

My Hokkaido Winter Photography Adventure tour for 2017 was a huge success and incredibly productive. This is part three of a travelogue series to share with you the locations we visited including a selection of photographs to illustrate our progress.
At the start of day eight, we got up early and headed back to one of my favorite spots on this winter landscape tour, the boat graveyard. This is where nine boats have been abandoned on the ground beside a fishing port, and in the winter, the snow enshrouds them, forming what I consider to be one of the most beautiful
Boat Graveyard with Big Sky
Seen Better Days
Boat Graveyard in Driving Snow
Fish Drying Frames
Noshappu Fishing Boats
Noshappu Fishing Boat
Noshappu Fishing Boats
Fishing Boats in Snow
Soya Port Fishing Boats and Ship
Sawaki Fishing Port at High Tide
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Tour 2017 Travelogue #2 Haboro (Podcast 558)

Today we continue with part two of my travelogue series on my recent Hokkaido Winter Photography Adventure tour for 2017. This was an amazing trip with a group of very talented and enthusiastic photographers, and probably the most productive of my Hokkaido Landscape tours so far, thanks to the incredible weather conditions we were presented with.
When I talk about good weather conditions though, you might think I’m talking about beautiful blue skies, but that is totally the other end of the scale. For this tour we need gray skies and lots of snow. Day four of this tour was perhaps
Konpira Shrine Torii in Storm
Tetrapods Near and Far
Driftwood Under Snow
Snow Beach Fence
Obira Tetrapods with Tree Trunk
Tetrapods and Driftwood
Konpira Shrine Torii and Icy Beach
Practice Golfballs and Ice Monsters
Tetrapod Layers
Wind Farm
Breaking Snow Storm
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Tour 2017 Travelogue #2 Haboro (Podcast 558)

Today we continue with part two of my travelogue series on my recent Hokkaido Winter Photography Adventure tour for 2017. This was an amazing trip with a group of very talented and enthusiastic photographers, and probably the most productive of my Hokkaido Landscape tours so far, thanks to the incredible weather conditions we were presented with.
When I talk about good weather conditions though, you might think I’m talking about beautiful blue skies, but that is totally the other end of the scale. For this tour we need gray skies and lots of snow. Day four of this tour was perhaps
Konpira Shrine Torii in Storm
Tetrapods Near and Far
Driftwood Under Snow
Snow Beach Fence
Obira Tetrapods with Tree Trunk
Tetrapods and Driftwood
Konpira Shrine Torii and Icy Beach
Practice Golfballs and Ice Monsters
Tetrapod Layers
Wind Farm
Breaking Snow Storm
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Hokkaido Winter Landscape Tour 2017 Travelogue #1 Biei (Podcast 557)

Having just completed my Hokkaido Winter Photography Adventure tour for 2017, and having whittled down my final selection of images, today we start a four part travelogue series to walk you through the locations we visited, illustrated with twelve photographs.
Having met and had dinner with the group on the Sunday night, we got up bright and early on the first Monday morning to fly from Tokyo to Hokkaido. We spend the first three days of this tour in Biei, a beautiful inland area of Hokkaido, that I’ve been visiting for more than ten years now.

All About the Weather

Biei Tree 2017
Tree with Little Snow Devil
Copse on Hill
Huts and Tree in Crepuscular Rays
Tree with Snow Drift
Trees Pencil Sketch
Takushinkan Trees with Big Sky
Takushinkan Trees in Snow
Plough Lines Under Snow
Mount Asahi Cable Car
Magical Woods
Shirahige Falls 2017
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Martin’s 2016 Personal Top Ten Photographs (Podcast 556)

Having shared my thought process and selection workflow last week, today I share my personal top ten photographs from 2016. Since I started doing this in 2007 it has become a yearly tradition and although it’s an invaluable learning experience in itself, over the years it becomes a wonderful record of our progress as photographers.
If you are interested in the process of selection including workflow tips for Capture One Pro, please do also check out last week’s episode. For now though, let’s jump in and take a look at my top ten from 2016. Do keep in mind that this
Mount Asahi Trees
Boat Graveyard in Heavy Snow
Distant Dance 2016
Steller's Sea Eagle Making a Fist
Iceberg Details
Breaching Humpback Whale - Side View
Breathing Mountains
Umbrella Man at Skógafoss
Sapphires and Telegraph Lines
Dovercourt Low Lighthouse at Dawn
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