Photographer of the Week: Chris Williams

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Chris Williams • Photographer of the Week

Chris-Williams I am a 28 year old Biologist and Seattle, WA area based landscape photographer with a serious passion for the outdoors, specializing in Pacific Northwest Landscape photography. Whether it’s climbing, hiking or snowboarding, you can always find me in the mountains or on the water. I’ve always loved to share my experiences and stories with others, but sometimes words fail to describe some of the breathtaking scenery I’ve had the privilege to see here in Washington and abroad. That’s where the photographs come in. Landscape photography has allowed me to share some amazing experiences and stunning landscapes with others and gives me a sort of satisfaction that is second to none.

What's in your bag

Sony a7r
Metabones Canon Lens Adapter
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Canon 24-105mm f/4L
Canon 70-200mm f/4L
Canon 50mm f/1.4
MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod
CPL and ND filters
Mindshift Panorama 180 Backpack

When did you start photography?

I got serious about photography in spring of 2012 when I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel T2i. My original intent was to document all of my hiking and climbing, but I had no idea where that first click of the shutter would take me. Later that summer I began to find myself immersed in the field of landscape photography and I never turned back. I could have never imagined the places my camera would take me or the people I would be able to meet and three years later I still have to pinch myself on occasion; it really is amazing!

Who are your favourite past or present photographers?

That's a really tough question. From a traditional standpoint I have always thoroughly enjoyed Art Wolfe and of Ansel Adams but from a modern standpoint there is a small handful of landscape photographers that have greatly influenced my work. Ryan Dyar's work first captivated me and pulled me into the realm of fine art photography. The mood he captures in his photos while maintaining gorgeous color and detail is phenomenal. Through his work I was later exposed to a number of outstanding photographers. Marc Adamus has and always will have a huge influence on my work. As I have grown more as a photographer, people like Guy Tal, David Thompson, Alex Noriega, Ted Gore, Sarah Marino, Floris Van Breugel and Emmanuel Coupe have all have had a large impact in the way I shoot and process my photos today.

What is your favourite and most inspiring location?

I think the Olympic Peninsula is probably my favorite and most inspiring location. You can experience the rugged and beautiful Washington coast, the Hoh, Queets and Quinault Rain Forests and make a side trip to the Olympic Mountains while you are at it. It really is an amazing place. Whenever I feel out of touch with nature or in need of inspiration that's where you will find me.

What are your future photographic plans?

I've been spending much time in the digital darkroom recently refining my post processing techniques and I plan to continue to do so in the coming years as more tools become available. From a photographic point I am trying to push myself to explore new compositions in familiar locations as well as focusing on more intimate scenes such as landscape abstracts and more telephoto work. I really hope to make it to Hawaii to visit family and to shoot the big island in the next year or so as well as making trips to New Zealand, Patagonia, Iceland and Alaska at some point in the coming years.

What advice would you give to our readers?

The best piece of advice I can give at this point in time is to steer yourself away from conformity and stay true to yourself. It's so easy to fall into the photography 'trends' that are out there in this day and age. Experiment with new compositions in familiar locations. Shoot scenes in new ways, put the landscape lens down and focus on more intimate scenes. Most of all don't get discouraged. It is easy to get bogged down by negative feedback or photos not being received well. Take that feedback and use it as a means to do better and you will succeed!

To see more of Chris' work visit his website (see sidebar).

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