Why I love photography. By Ossian Lindholm

When I look back on my life, I feel a huge gratitude for everything that photography has given me.  Since I was a teenager, photography was always present, allowing my creativity to come to life. Photography started as a hobby, just for fun.  Later photography connected me to travel, discovering new places, and making new friends. Then, little by little I entered the world of nature photography and a way of life was born from a passion that has lasted over 20 years.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, Argentina. A 60 meters, 200 feet high ice wall of thousands of years old. Lumix GX8 Mirrorless camera 45-200mm
f/13  1/500 ISO200 @140mm

Gradually, I found photography to be an important tool to show the beauty of nature and what we can lose if we do not take care of it.  A personal mission evolved from this passion and dedication to nature  “para conservar primero hay que conocer” (To conserve, you first have to know): It’s an alert to raise awareness, but at the same time to inspire hope with the intention of bringing people closer to nature.

Torres del Paine National Park. Patagonia. Chile.
Nikon D810  Sigma 150-600mm + Sigma 1.4x teleconverter.
f/9 1/1000 ISO 2500  @850mm 
The puma is one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen. If you have a cat at home, you will see the similarities– they sleep all day, then they yawn and lick themselves back to sleep. The pumas, of course, are bigger, can weigh up to 100 kg and their penetrating gaze seems to pierce you at all times. On my last visit to Patagonia I spent over 2 hours taking this photo sitting on an uncomfortable stone waiting for him to wake up. Then it went back to sleep.
Before Sunrise in Torres del Paine National Park , Patagonia, Chile .
Lumix GX8 7-14mm Vario Lens f/14 0.6″ ISO100.
Many beginners wait for the sunrise to start taking pictures, assuming that the best light will be during or after the sunrise, however I love to start taking pictures before that and most of the times the results are very attractive.
I greatly enjoy the combination of landscape and wildlife photography.  Some photographers feel better with one or the other, but for me they are complementary. If you show the animal you should show where it lives, and if you show a beautiful landscape you must try to show what lives in it. Although both types of photography we usually do in parallel, they require different techniques. For wildlife photography we adopt the hunter’s attitude, alert and aware to detect movements and waiting for the perfect moment in which our subject – the pray – shows its best profile. But then for landscape photography we relax and let our creativity flow to achieve a beautiful composition. As our mind has to go jumping between these two ways of approaching nature, our cameras need to be configured differently for one or the other case.
Serengeti National Park. Tanzania.
Nikon D500  Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6 1/2000 ISO 250  @230mm 
We were in the Land Rover shooting a lion family composed by many cubs and females. Suddenly the light became so special that I looked back and saw this scene. I switched the camera to Manual Exposure Mode and I exposed for the most bright part of the sky – where a ray of sunlight lit a part of the cloud – .

Zebras in Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania. 
Nikon D4S  Sigma Art 24mm  f/6.3 1/40 ISO100  @24mm 
There was a storm and the light on these zebras was gorgeous.
Some years ago I began to give courses and workshops that led me to have an intense educational activity in Argentina and later in the United States where since 2015 I have taught “The Art and Craft of Landscape Photography” at Maine Media Workshops+College. This experienced sparked a need to study again and keep myself updated on my craft. I also discovered something very interesting and motivating: photography is an endless source of growth and learning!
 
A storm in Salinas Grandes, a salt flat located in the Andes of North West Argentina.
Nikon D7100 f/8 1/60 ISO100 @80mm
One of my favourite places to be during sunset.
If you are receiving this newsletter it’s because you have expressed an interest in Travel Vision Journeys. Together with founder Lauren Hefferon, I lead photo tours and workshops around the world with a specialization in my native Argentina. Whether it is through my monthly newsletter or on any of our photography adventures, I hope to inspire and educate you about our planet’s most amazing places. Each month I will take a deep dive into many photography topics and share my personal travel experiences. It would give me great pleasure if you write me, suggesting topics, asking questions and sharing ideas beyond the themes and topics raised.

(I am sure you’ll inspire and surprise me too! )
Saludos !

Photo by Lauren Hefferon

Ossian Lindholm
lindholm.ossian@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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