MY BEST SHOT
In part two of our series asking ambassadors about their photographic highlights of 2015, Damian McGillicuddy, Neil Buchan-Grant, R. Cleveland Aaron and Steve Gosling.
The image was shot on one of the Big Shoot Experiences that took place in 2015. The Alice in Wonderland concept of the shoot was intended to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carol’s story. It was on this Big Shoot that I gave the (at the time) newly announced Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro Zoom and 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro lenses one of their first big tests – needless to say I was enamoured with their performance! But this image was shot on one of the dark horses in my camera bag… the Olympus 55mm f/1.2 designed for the OM SLR system – coupled to my camera with the MF-2 adaptor, they make a great combination. Old and new working in perfect harmony!
You can read more about this image here: www.damianmcgillicuddy.com/curiouser-and-curiouser-alice-in-wonderland-with-a-mcgillicuddy-twist-at-the-big-shoot-experience
Or watch a video here: youtu.be/9FLcc5I1jFs
With over 25 years in the industry Damian has gained a fantastic level of knowledge and experience. Over his long and colourful career he has secured his position as one of the United Kingdom’s best photographers by accruing over 673 international awards, being the only photographer to hold 5 UK Master Photographer of the Year Awards along with 7 Society Photographer of the Year awards, and is the only photographer in the world to be awarded a Grand Master with Bar. www.damianmcgillicuddy.com
Here’s one of my favourite shots of last year. It was made in the streets of Varanasi in India late one afternoon. I noticed the girl’s face was illuminated by the sun reflecting off both of the wing mirrors of the motorbike she was sitting on. It took me four attempts over the space of 20secs of running down the street like a lunatic to get the shot, hence the perplexed expressions of the men following her. It was made with an OM-D E-M1 and a Leica M 35mm manual focus lens at 1/5000s, f/1.4 and ISO 200
Born near Edinburgh, Neil focussed on landscape and travel photography for many years, becoming a regular photographer with Insight Guides and a brand ambassador for the camera company Olympus. During the past few years he has won a number of national awards and developed a love for shooting location portraiture. Through his alliance with Olympus he produces marketing images using their market leading PEN and OM-D cameras and was recently named an Olympus Visionary. He runs domestic and international training workshops for Olympus, travel trade partners like Kuoni, private groups and for individuals. He also gives talks and presentations relating to the techniques and the equipment he uses. www.buchangrant.com
R. CLEVELAND AARON
My highlight was easily working with the PEN-F to test and shoot material to help inspire fun and creativity with photography.
Born and raised in East London R. Cleveland Aaron has been freelancing as a photographer for over 19 years. Using his ability to create moods through often unorthodox lighting methods and subtle yet thought-provoking compositions his commissions have taken him across Europe, Canada, USA, Africa & India.
“At the risk of sounding clichéd, for me it’s all about light and the way it effects the things around me,’ he says. “This is the driving force which keeps me inspired, curious, and hungry for knowledge and understanding.”
Voted in the Top 5 Contemporary Fashion Photographers by Max Magazine in 2008. Member of Profotos since 1999. Cleveland is also a qualified Tutor and devotes much of his time to developing the potential of future photographers. www.clevelandaaron.com
This photograph was taken back in Spring 2015 at the side of Derwent Water, Cumbria, while we were shooting a video for Olympus UK about my approach to landscape photography. Visually I was initially attracted by the circle of stones in the foreground and thought they would work well with a long exposure. It was also a peaceful, tranquil morning and I chose to convey this by exposing for a high-key feel.
The idea behind this shot is reflected in the title, ‘The Circle of Life’ – the circle of stones and the infinite circle of clouds becoming water, becoming clouds again. I strongly believe that behind every photograph there should be a concept, idea, thought or emotion – that there should be something we are trying to communicate to the viewer beyond ‘this scene or subject is attractive and I like it’.
Taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm Pro lens, Lee Filters, Gitzo tripod and Arca Swiss head.
Steve is a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative and contemporary landscape images (his ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs). His images have been published internationally as posters and greetings cards, and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers and calendars across the world.