Category: Introductions


Over the years I have been doing these sorts of posts, but now I want to do a lot more posts where I am introducing artists that I admire to you. Ones that have been influencial in my own work, or just ones that I like. When it comes to my photography, one of my biggest idols and influencers has been Peter Eastway.


Introducing artists that I admire

You will notice that today’s artist is also a photographer, but I think you can admire artists from many different genres and mediums. When you are learning, and even beyond you should always look at art and see what you can get from it. You can see how people are working. See if they are doing something that you might like. So each week, if I can, I am going to be introducing you to artists that I admire, but also others that we can get something from.


Peter Eastway

I have been following Peter Eastway on his journeys for many years. I suspect I first learned about him with the magazine he publishes, Better Photography. He started the magazine in 1995 and it was around that time that I first discovered him. It may have been with the first issue, but I can’t be sure. I knew when I started seeing his work that I wanted to be just like him.

Who is he?

Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer and publisher. He has been taking photos for many years. This is from his website:

Peter Eastway is an Australian photographer known internationally for his landscape photography and creative use of post-production. A practising professional, he shoots editorially (mainly for Better Photography magazine) and works selectively in advertising and portraiture.

If you go to his website you will find a lot more information about him.


What I like about him

His images were always so different to what everyone else was doing at that time. It probably isn’t the case now, as so many have tried to emulate what he does. Of course, when I first fell in love with his work he was working with film. What he could do in the darkroom would blow my mind away.

He, indirectly, gave me the courage to do my own thing and experiment. When I would think about where I was going with my photography he would come to mind. I never felt like anything was impossible. Though, he is a landscape photographer, the idea that everything had to be straight from the camera, just isn’t true with him.


Capture and Post Process

I recently heard him saying that there are two parts to an image. The first is taking it, or capturing it, and the second is post processing. Whether you do the second by just doing basic things to your image or by doing a lot more, you do need to do some post processing. Even in the darkroom you still had to do some of it so the image would look good. The idea of straight from the camera is really something that has only come about since the advent of digital photography.

I have spend a lot of time watching videos and reading about his workflow. Trying to understand what he does. There are aspects of his photography that you should be able to see that I put into my own work as well. The way he leads you into an image and uses the light to show you what you should be looking at. I believe he is better at that me, but I continue to try.

The vignetting that is evident from many of his images is definitely something I got from him. While I don’t believe you should copy how others do their work, there isn’t anything wrong with borrowing a couple of techniques for your own work.



He has been a massive influence on the way I work today. Perhaps not as much as he once was. I do believe with all artists there comes a time to move past your idols and find your own voice, which is what I hope I am doing now. Still, there are residual effects, like the reason I am a Nikon shooter is because when I first went to buy a good SLR, he was using Nikon. It seemed to make sense to me to do what my idol was doing, or with the gear. He no longer shoots with Nikon, and has now moved onto Canon and Phase One.

When I grow up I want to have a similar career to him. It is probably too late for that to happen now, but there have always been aspects that I wished I could be like. Perhaps the reason for writing about photography is part of it. He has a magazine, I tried to have one, mine failed, but I do enjoy writing. I am, perhaps, not a landscape photography as he is, but I enjoy the process of his work and where he takes an image. I guess I dreamed of writing for his magazine, Better Photography, but I don’t think that will ever happen.

Tales by Light

Recently, I really enjoyed seeing the episode of him on the Australian production of Tales by Light that is on Netflix. One line that really resonated with me is how he enjoys post processing as much as he does taking photos. As soon as I heard that, I thought, yes, I’m exactly the same.

Here is a video from YouTube that shows some of the images he got from there.


Without a doubt, when it comes to my top 5 artists and influencers Peter Eastway is definitely there. His work is so amazing. How can anyone not like it! If you would like to see more about Peter, then take a look at his website, click here.

Here is a gallery of some of his images.


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Further Reading

Influencing Me: Edward Hopper

Taking a look at a painting by Melbourne Artist Rick Amor

Influencing Me: Michael Kenna

Looking at artists/photographers and how they work is an important move for anyone wanting to learn. You should study what they do, take away what you like and disregard what you don’t. We have looked at Michael Kenna before, but it was a while a go and that post no longer exists, so it seemed like a good time to be revisiting the work of Michael Kenna. Today we are going to be doing another Influencing Me post.
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Normally I will have people to Introduce to you, or find something else, but I was thinking that maybe I could re-post one I did on my other blog a couple of years ago. I decided to re-post this Introduction on Bella Remy Photography, from Hoof Beats and Foot Prints because Emily writes for Dynamic Range and I thought it would be nice to show you some work from one of the contributors. I hope you enjoy it.

Hoof Beats and Foot Prints

Today’s featured photography blog is from Emily, or Bella Remy Photography and her blog Hoof Beats and Foot Prints.  I have been following her work for quite some time and was happy when she agreed to let me feature her on my blog for my Introductions post.  I am sure many of you know her work and I hope those that don’t will enjoy the introduction.

img_43511When I think of her work, I think birds, but not only birds.  She does many things, but I do love her bird imagery.  I am not a bird person, I rarely photograph them, and the only time I do is if it is a bird that is rare or unusual to see.  So, to see someone else really dedicated to it is wonderful.


I have some words by Emily, but will include them at the end for you.  In them she talks about the patience that is needed, I can imagine how patient you would need to be.  Patience is not something I have, so it is another reason to really admire what she does.  I can remember posts where she talks about crawling on her stomach to get shots of birds, now that is dedication.

gettysburg05jul13-2928-editOne of the things I really enjoy is the colour, I love how colourful her images are, but they aren’t oversaturated or in your face that you see coming from a lot of photographers.  The colours always seem to be true to what you are looking at, or what she is representing.

sunsetmm16may13-2480-editThe colour that I just talked about is present in much of her work.  She doesn’t do just birds, but also does flowers, a lot of nature and landscapes.  I chose not to do the flowers because I felt I had done enough of those the last few weeks, and since Emily’s work is very varied I thought it would be a good chance to focus on other things.  Though you should take a look at her blog, she does beautiful close up work as well.


She describes herself as a nature photographer, and I think when you look at her work you can understand why.

I have put together a gallery of some of my favourite images from her blog.

As I said, Emily has put together some words to describe why she photographs and what inspires her.  Once you have finished, please go and visit Hoof Beats and Foot Prints to see all her amazing work.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Emily for allowing me permission to do this.

“As a child, I was always interested in photography. As a teenager, I remember borrowing my father’s Pentax K1000 in the Andes mountains of Bolivia. Having only 36 shots, one had to make each image count. Even back then I gravitated to landscape, nature and travel photography. There is something about adventure and discovering the world through a lens that makes it special.

The sense of exploring and discovering new things was bred into me. I have always been inquisitive and like learning. Each moment in every new place, and new experience should be treasured. Photography provides a venue to being able to capture the moment and share it with others. The world has always been a place of wonderment for me and walking with a camera causes me to slow down and really appreciate the experience.

When reentering the photography world three years ago, my first idea was to try to get into the stock photography market. Little did I know that the market is over saturated and requires a lot of discipline. Not only in creating a portfolio, but also in the creation of a stock image. I quickly found out that stock wasn’t for me. I’m too creative to work well in a rigid craft.

Starting with a photo walk with a professional photographer and photo coach, I learned that it takes time to find out where one’s true passion lies in photography. Vowing to try different types of photography, I spent two years taking a variety of classes that ranged from sports photography to food photography. Portrait photography was never something I was interested in. I quickly learned that there are three aspects to photography. Composition, the camera’s technical aspects, and the post-processing and editing of the images.

In addition to the several photo classes I attended, I also took field trips with a friend to a variety of venues, with most of them gravitating to travel or nature interests. In the second year, I upgraded my camera and continued my effort in improving my craft. There were many things that were “user error” and had nothing to do with the camera itself. Developing an eye for strong composition, knowing how to hold the camera steady for sharp images and learning how to use the camera settings for proper exposure was the focus.

That fall, I had heard about a place called Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River between Delaware and Maryland. In the winter, over 100 American Bald Eagles are known to gather at the dam for several months. Renting a large 400mm telephoto zoom lens, and a tripod, I went on my first visit the dam to capture the eagles. Instantly I was hooked. Seeing the fence lined up with serious photographers with their huge telephoto zoom lens, waiting for the perfect moment to capture a bald eagle in action was inspiring.

Bird and nature photography requires special skills. The first and foremost is being willing to deal with harsh conditions. Whether it’s hot or cold, wet or dry, the wildlife is there. These bald eagle photographers would go to the dam on numerous occasions, beginning at dawn and spending hours standing and waiting for some action to occur. Then observing the behavior of the eagles helped to know when something was worth capturing. I left that first day with a 1000 images. Most of them out of focus, many of them bad. So the challenge was set, I became determined to master the art of bird and nature photography.

The second year of capturing the eagles went much better. I rented a longer 500mm lens, and spent three days standing in the cold waiting for up to eight hours to get that ‘gallery shot.’ Meeting more bald eagle photographers, they shared with me several trade secrets that improved the success rate of my images. The 500mm lens was incredible, and I quickly fell in love with the lens. I was able to add it to my arsenal of photography equipment and this year has been mostly focused on bird photography.

One of the most crucial skills I had to learn was to slow down and wait. And wait, and wait. I remember trying to capture some kinglet birds in a bush at home, and I stood there for about an hour and a half. That’s when I finally understood how those wildlife and bird photographers get their beautiful photos. They spend an enormous amount of time waiting. The next skill was learning how to be quick on the draw. Having a good eye to capture some slight movement and be ready to shoot is essential. Combine these skills with the technical knowledge of how to freeze motion, and it all began to come together.

These days, when I return to landscape and travel photography, I find this style of photography to be quite easy. After trying to capture birds in motion, something that is still is easy to photograph. I’ve learned to take my time and really think through the shot. Both with the composition, as well as the camera settings. It’s better to have two excellent shots, then 20 not so great ones.

To complete the triangle of photography: composition, camera technical aspects, then post processing/editing, this year has been concentrated on learning the software available to post process my images. I shoot exclusively in RAW format, and have a digital image that can be processed in multiple ways. Using Adobe Lightroom allows me to try different styles for the same image without affecting the original file. My next goal for the upcoming year is to delve into the world of Photoshop CS6.

The camera gets me out exploring the world around me far more than I ever would have if I hadn’t gotten back into photography. I’ve learned how to slow down and relax and to really enjoy the moment. Photography opens doors that you never knew existed. Happy shooting!”