The World Of Travel
Just in time for our travel issue we caught up with New Jersey photographer Paul Eric Johnson on his fall foliage journey through New England. Johnson, returning from Jefferson Notch on the flanks of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, was completing his yearly travel schedule and he was complaining. "There was some early cold this year, then rain," he says, "and the leaves turned too early. Every time the sun came out there were 30-40mph winds that blew everything down. It was a challenge, but I'm like a fisherman--you know, when there's no fish in one place, they go to the next spot. I pay attention to the weather patterns and I know instinctively when I have to move fast. Since things don't always happen in the places I expect them to, I think about another spot 10 miles away and jump into the truck--from there it's all dust and flying rocks." One such incident produced a shot of the ripples in a mudflat that Johnson caught at the last light, pushing the limits of his EOS-1 to catch the moment. It became a dynamite mailer.
Last July Johnson decided to
put his work on the web. A stock photographer with Tony Stone Images and
the French agency, Liaison, he felt that the site would be a place to
promote his print sales and refer people to his agencies. It would also
become a substitute for a studio since location shooters need only a place
of communication. "My web presence," Johnson says, "is
a preparation for the future since before long the capability of being
able to transfer your own work worldwide via the web is going to be a
With the help of a designer friend, using Photoshop 5 and ImageReady which gave him animation options, Johnson prepared his images, optimizing them and adjusting factors like resolution, settings, loading time, and formats. PageMill was the actual program he used to construct the page. "Little by little I hope to make the site more like a game," he says. "I like the playfulness, the gamefulness, the web as entertainment. I can see it all happening and have already been approached by a site in England geared toward selling photography--a virtual gallery."
Traveling with a couple of experienced pros takes a lot of frustration out of travel shooting and location photographer Margo Pinkerton, a.k.a. "The Barefoot Contessa," and internationally recognized corporate photographer Arnie Zann have "paddled the waters, navigated the sea, hiked the mountains, and camped all over." Endowed with a giant share of fun and creativity, Pinkerton has run travel workshops and seminars from Bora Bora to Alaska (all without shoes, of course). When she and Zann decided to become "official" in the workshop arena, the web quite naturally became the prime vehicle for their advertising. So Pinkerton learned HTML and created enough animation to entice would-be travelers to out of the way locations for a firsthand view of travel photography.
Lester Crockett refers to himself as an amateur photographer. "Webster" defines amateur as "one having a marked and unusually informed taste or liking for something, a devotee." Sounds right to me...Via e-mail Crockett described how he travels with his cameras, enjoying the landscapes, seascapes, mountains, sailboats, wildlife like birds, ducks, and wild Assateague Island ponies, as well as the Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the skyline drive in Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He then thanked me for my interest in his work and invited me to come again.
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