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February 28, 2011
Upon returning to Canada my focus shifted to capturing the beauty of many of North America's most spectacular national parks. I’ve traveled from the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, to Antelope Canyon in Arizona, and from the Palouse Region of Eastern Washington State, to Yellowstone National Park. I have gained a stronger appreciation for the natural world, and in the words of the great naturalist, John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
Nikon 300mm f/2.8
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikon 24-120mm f/4
Nikon 85mm f/1.4
Fotopro FPH-52Q Tripod
When did you start photography?
My introduction to photography began when I was about 12 years old. I was able to play with my father's camera and develop my own photos in a darkroom that he had set up in our basement. My passion and fascination about photography was instantaneous.
After making the transition from film to digital many years later, I started considering ways of turning that passion into a career. I finally made the leap in 2014 when I enrolled in a safari field guide course in South Africa. I upgraded all my gear for that adventure, which included a Nikon D750 and the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens, and I have never looked back.
Who are your favourite past or present photographers?
My favourite photographers have to be the renowned Trey Ratcliffe, Alex Noriega, and a personal friend. Hannah Keiver. All of their work inspires me and gives me direction for own photography.
What is your favourite and most inspiring location?
The one location that always inspires me is the farming region of Palouse in Washington State. The endless rolling fields, and the variety of colours and textures that the crops provide, makes the area a photographer's playground. The region can literally be photographed year-round, so the shooting opportunities are endless.
What are your future photographic plans?
I have recently moved back to South Africa and become engaged to a local journalist. In addition to continuing to capture the beauty of this country's landscape and wildlife, I will also be exploring photojournalism with my fiancé throughout Southern Africa.
The ultimate goal will be to showcase my work in galleries and a variety of publications, with the possibility of publishing a book about our travels in the future.
What advice would you give to our readers?
The greatest advice I have is to follow your dreams, challenge yourself daily, and always be open to learning.
Transitioning from a hobbyist to a professional photographer was one of the most terrifying and liberating experiences of my life. Since I'm now shooting full-time, I'm able to test my skills, learn new techniques, see where my limitations are and areas I need to improve. It truly is the most rewarding experience seeing the progression of one's own work over time.
Steptoe Butte, Washington, USA by Hamish Mitchell • Photographer of the Week
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