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Camera House : Better Pictures 11
rock climbing. I was passionate about underwater photography, even though I could not afford the equipment. There was just something about exotic, remote locations that really appealed to me. I have always had a passion for remote wilderness areas, and particularly mountains, snow and ice, and it seemed only natural to take photographs when visiting these places. “It just so happens that Australia is a little short on icebergs and snow, so I have to travel a lot but I love getting out into pristine, unspoilt wilderness with my camera and I have a particular passion and fondness for the Polar regions.” All this shooting under extreme conditions can prove a challenge for Holko, who says “dealing with the elements is usually the biggest challenge when shooting out in the wilderness. Being prepared for bad weather and having the right equipment to deal with it is really important.” A few years ago, Holko admits that he made an error in judgment while on location that was potentially dangerous. “I was shooting by myself in the South Island of New Zealand. I had hiked up to the carving face of Fox Glacier to photograph a rapidly flowing glacial river that was pouring out of a cave in the carving face. It was warm and I had just set up my tripod when the sun loosened some basketball-sized boulders from the ice some 50 feet over my head. They landed right in front of me and only missed me by a few feet. It was a scary moment and a good wake up call that no shot is worth risking your life for.” Despite the occasional dangerous situation, nothing beats being in the right place at the right time when it comes to shooting in the great outdoors. “Being in the right place at the right time is a major factor in my photography. The best light is almost always found at the edges of weather and just before sunrise and just after sunset. So I spend a lot of time waiting for the right light, and will often visit a location many times in the This superzoom compact is ideal for intrepid travellers like to travel light. Armed with a 50x optical zoom, it’s extremely versatile. Intelligent IS stabilisation keeps everything nice and sharp even when shooting handheld and with a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor on board, images are crisp and true to life. Ultra portable, easy to use yet equipped with an interchangeable lens system, the Nikon 1 J1 is ideal for shooting high-res images and full 1080p HD movies. It also provides a slew of cool features – such as Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector that ensure you never miss a moment of the action. Equipped with side access, a removable camera box and a separate compartment for your tablet, the Hatchback AW also has plenty of room for your everyday gear as well as your DSLR, lenses and flash unit. Creative Masters Canon PowerShot SX50 hS nikon 1 J1 LowePro Photo hatChbaCk aw 11 Feature outward bound 010_Bpics11_Josh_v2.indd 11 27/11/12 2:00 PM
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