Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Guest Photographer - Mark Esguerra

If you look at Mark Esguerra's portfolio, you will find a colorful and versatile photographer.
From cityscapes to landscapes, architecture to flowers you'll see a bit of everything.
The clarity and detailed information available in his photographs makes him a valuable member of the community.
Mark is well known inside the Google+ photographic community and most definitely a person to follow.
You can check Mark's fantastic portfolio at SmugMug or follow him on Google+.

PA: What drew you to photography?
ME: What drew me to photography was quite simply I wanted to take better pictures of Japan. I love Japan and during my first couple of visits I used a point and shoot camera. But as happy as I was with those cameras, I didn't feel like I had the proper skill to take a decent shot. So I set off on my way to learn more about photography.

PA: What is your favorite type of photography?
ME: My favorite type hands down is landscape photography. There's something about being out and about among nature that really makes me happy. As anybody else with a camera, I also like to shoot whatever is in front of me, but if I had to pick one, it's definitely a nice, scenic landscape.

PA: Do you have an artist that inspires you?
ME: I don't have any one person in particular that inspires me because truth be told I draw inspiration from so many. From landscape photographers to street photographers, I truly just enjoy photography.

PA: Tell us a secret: what makes you mad when you are photographing?
ME: Hmm, what makes me mad? I honestly can't say anything makes me mad when I'm out on a shoot. Even people that walk in front of my lens during a shot doesn't really irk me. The way I figure is that they just want to enjoy the scenery as much as I do so I just wait for them to move, or I move myself, or I use that person(s) in the shot. No biggie for me in any case.

PA: What is your dream location or subject to shoot?
ME: As of right now my dream shoot would be any of the wonders of the world, though I am leaning towards the Great Wall of China, or any epic mountain ranges like the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps or Mt. Everest.

PA: Make a wish (photography related)
ME: I would like to... I would like to be able to shoot in all seven continents of the world. Well, for starters anyways. He he.

Talking photography specific

PA: Select one photo from your gallery and let's talk about that.

PA: What inspired you to select this location?
ME: I selected this particular photo because it represented a lot of firsts for me. It was my first trip to Death Valley. It was my first time getting to meet many photographers whom I had only interacted with online on G+. Quite honestly, before G+ I hadn't heard of a majority of the photographers I know now. This trip really represented to me personally a (for a lack of a better phrase) broadening of my horizons in several aspects.

PA: What gear did you use?
ME: The gear I was using at the time was my trusty Nikon D90 with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens. It's a camera I truly adore and though it's now just a backup I don't think I will ever part with it.

PA: Care to share some EXIF details & setup environment?
ME: This was my first time doing any kind of super long exposure and it was also my first attempt at star trails. I had met Jeff Sullivan and Lori Hibbett for the first time out there during the big G+ DV photowalk and they were more than willing to teach me and some others how to shoot in such a scenario.
What got me this result was a 1468 second exposure at f/2.8 and 400 ISO.
I wasn't as proficient at processing then as I am now, but it's a result that I've been happy with since I first loaded onto my computer.

PA: Describe this photo. You can use only one word.
ME: Educational.

PA: Any tips for photographers that are trying to shoot the same genre?
ME: My tip, more like advice really, for anybody wanting to go out and shoot landscapes, whether it's star trails at night, or the ocean at sunset: is to be patient. It's a tip that most photographers already go by, but it's worth repeating I think.
Just stay patient on location at the scene.
Even if things look bland, hang around, compose your frame, and wait because something epic could happen just a few moments later.
Mother Nature likes to tease us photogs a bit, so don't give up on a scene so quickly.

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