travel photography

Mull, Iona, and the Scottish Isles (2018) by Martin Siggers

I've now been out to Mull and Iona three times, which means I've had a good chance to see and photograph a lot of the place. That, and the fact the trip was mostly gifted with weather that was a distinct step down from my previous visits (read: absolutely awful), meant that it was considerably more difficult than before to put together an album I felt was good enough to share.

It's good to challenge yourself artistically though, and in the process I hope I've put together a collection that's perhaps a bit less focused on the obvious shots, and more unconventional and less 'touristy' than before.

In this collection you'll notice I tended towards the ultra-wide 16:9 aspect ratio a lot, which helps to capture the scale of the vast, sweeping landscapes, as well as perhaps a slightly greater tendency towards black-and-white work than before, which helps with mood setting and getting the most out of heavily overcast days.

While I continued to enjoy the portability and convenience of the OM-D E-M1 and accompanying lenses, the poorer conditions and lighting really did make me pine for the resolution and range of a larger sensor camera, and I think if I'm lucky enough to return again I may consider lugging along a D810 and a bunch of weighty lenses. For now though, please enjoy these shots from a slightly damp, but still very beautiful place.

Photoessay: Venice in 2012 by Martin Siggers

I've always believed in the value of going back to your older work and looking over it - it's an important part of our growth as artists and a reminder of what's gotten better and what still needs to be done. With that in mind, here's a fun little throwback to my trip to Venice some five years gone. At the time I was shooting with my long departed Olympus PEN E-PL1, without a doubt the most...affordable camera on the market at the time. Paired with the plastic fantastic kit lens and Olympus's truly awful 17mm f/2.8 (to this day one of the worst lenses I've ever had the misfortune to use), it was hardly what you'd call a cutting edge setup, but I'm still pretty happy with a lot of the shots I bought home. The benefit of another half decade of experience means I'd do a lot of things different now of course, but I think these images hold up pretty well. Enjoy!

City of a Thousand Spires: Prague 2016 by Martin Siggers

Prague is renowned as one of the great photographic cities of the world, and after my first visit there it's easy to see why. Largely untouched by military action during World War II, it remains a magnificent spread of medieval, renaissance and enlightenment architecture, crowned by its magnificent hillside castle and cathedral. packed full of back-alleys, hidden gems, and friendly people it's a must for any travelling photographer in my opinion.

Above is a brief sample of my latest week-long journey to the city, mostly comprised of shots hurriedly grabbed between sightseeing activities. As is custom for travel work, I took the Olympus O-MD E-M5 with me and it was once again a sterling performer, though I did occasionally yearn for the greater resolving power and dynamic range of the Nikons. Perhaps I'll look into an all-in-one travel lens and take the D600 next time. For now enjoy these shots, and if you're interested you can find a more comprehensive version on Flickr and Facebook