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Name: Oliver Smart
Picture title: A World Away
Category: Landscapes
Nationality:
 United Kingdom
Occupation: Currently semi-professional photgrapher

Technical information
CameraCanon 1Dx
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk II 
EXIF: ISO 400, f/8, 1/800sec +0.7 EV at 70mm

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Oliver Smart | A World Away

Name: Oliver Smart
Picture title: A World Away
Category: Landscapes
Nationality:
 United Kingdom
Occupation: Currently semi-professional photgrapher

Technical information
Camera: Canon 1Dx
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk II 
EXIF: ISO 400, f/8, 1/800sec +0.7 EV at 70mm

Oliver says:

Whilst on-board ship heading towards the Antarctic Circle we were breaking through icefloes that stretched for tens of miles. Navigation was slow and a late overnight decision was to redirect and head to Yalour Island and to explore the surrounding waters instead. The island is home to many Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae rookeries; their nesting colonies on the small exposed rocky knolls.

This far south there is a feeling of little natural colour and everything looks very bleak albeit beautiful. The explosion of lichens and mosses on this island, vibrant against the backdrop of white, grey and black, really made an impact on me. Having taken hundreds of images of the birds from every conceivable angle, with action, behaviour and close-up shots, I felt there was a missing element: context within the environment.

Capturing images of wildlife in its natural habitat tells the story of how they live, and here, on this remote rocky island, birds have made it their home. For me it was ‘A World Away’ from my home, and to think this is their summer, the conditions would not support human life very easily. It’s remarkable to see nature’s adaptation to their environment and I particularly wanted to capture this composition showing a small group of birds heading out to sea to collect food.

It’s an image that illustrates many layers of habitat, detail and colour. It not only satisfied my idea behind the shot I envisaged, but it’s one I’ve always been very proud of taking.

Oliver naam:

Oliver naam:

United Kingdom

The natural world has always inspired me and watching so many spectacles they were often just left to memory. To this end I took up photography as a way to capture and record these extraordinary sightings and experiences. This only began at the age of 21, yet since then, I have been lucky to travel to many amazing destinations and to witness breathtaking nature in its raw form.

That being said, I am just as satisfied when watching local wildlife, gaining as much pleasure photographing common garden birds, as I do weird and wonderful nature around the World. Understanding wildlife behaviour is the most important aspect in my quest to capture engaging images. I also love the workflow process of photography from conceiving an idea through to the end result. A lot of work and passion along the way but highly satisfying nonetheless.

Website: www.smartimages.co.uk

 

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