Nikon Ambassador David Oliver, one of only five Grand Masters of Photography in the world, and his daughter Clare recently visited Ireland and we’re delighted to be able to share some of the images and insights from their trip.
In high demand as a photographer, David also speaks and lectures all around the world. You can see his landscape work hanging in his Pennant Hills gallery. Clare has been travelling with her father David and working as his assistant since she was 17, developing her own unique style for capturing the moment.
Ireland is so rugged and has an ever changing landscape. You have to have your camera ready every moment as you don’t know what sky is about to come through and then blow away or what light will all of a sudden roll over a distant hill, Clare explains.
I travelled through Ireland during the day with a back pack, Nikon D3s, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, this meant my bag was light I could hike, ride and get around with all my gear and always be prepared for something amazing around the next bend. With the extreme change in weather leaving you not much time to set up for a shot the D3s was amazing as I could shoot in low light without a tripod, Clare explains.
We were commissioned to photograph a wedding in County Clare which is a beautiful part of Ireland, close to the west coast which has some of my favorite locations. Dingle is a small fishing village with so much character if you’re not shooting everyday life you can photograph amazing landscapes. Visiting the Ring of Kerry is a must if you’re travelling around Ireland: rugged beaches, mountains in the background – you cannot go wrong.
The Nikon D3s is the ideal camera for reportage, and I like to use a simple 50mm f1.4 lens to capture it, however when photographing landscapes I have a bit more time up my sleeve so I prefer the Nikon D3x which is a 24.5 megapixel camera which gives you incredible detail when shooting Raw capture. Favorite lens is 85mm f1.4, possibly the finest lens I have ever used. For wide angle you cannot go past the 24-70mm f2.8.
You can hear more from Clare and David at the Nikon School Sydney Workshop where they will be joined by Darran Leal as they share their knowledge and photographic advice. Choose from one or two days filled with tips and techniques from these world leading Nikon professionals. The next workshop will be held 12 &/or 13 March 2011 at the Pittwater North and West Rooms in Sydney.