Out of my comfort zone

The best way to learn new things in photography (or elsewhere actually), is to step out of your comfort zone and try something you usually don’t do. I keep telling people that in my lectures, but somehow I feel too comfortable myself in my own zone. To force myself out of it, I decided to try to use my large lenses as little as possible during the last trip. In most cases, I didn’t even bring my telelens with me while leaving the ship and did I only have my 24-105mm with me.

20190827_Arjen_Drost_0018-EditThe second thing I tried to do more is to try to shoot more black and white photos. Of course, the image that comes out of the camera will be in colour (there is no such thing as black and white when you shoot in raw), but I already had in mind to turn the image into a black and white one, which means you pay attention to different things. Patterns and structure gets more important and, obviously, colours less. Here two examples of pictures I took during the first zodiac cruise of the trip.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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