the dan milner photography blog: tales of an adventuring photo chimp

January 3, 2014

Another 12 months of firsts – 2013 in pictures

Doing what I do, you’d think it’s easy to get blase about travelling to new places. You know,  “what a job… another month, another remote but beautiful location to shoot”. But in reality, it’s the unknowns of new places, their challenges and unexpected rewards that keep me doing what I do. And 2013 was one of those years –  a series of first time experiences, most unique, some incredible, some insane and some I’d rather not repeat. Whatever their lasting impression on me, whatever the pain, the scary-bits, the ‘too many hours in airport departure halls’, I’m glad I got the chance to go and shoot them all, from Arizona to Afghanistan.

So here’s a little look back at the places, people and things that through 2013 helped me continue becoming the worldly-wise, level headed pro-photographer I am today. Or maybe they just made me go a little more crazy. You decide. 2013 was also the year I started Twitter (follow: @danmilnerphoto) and got an iPhone, which can do most of the things photographers do. Apparently.

The year kicked off with the Voelkl team ski shoot. Epic snow always helps. Getitng the balance between aspirational, inspirational and just showing what the product can do is the photographer's challenge. Nikon D3s, 70-200 f4.

The year kicked off with the Voelkl team ski shoot. Epic snow always helps. Getting the balance between aspirational, inspirational and just showing what the product you’re there to shoot can do is the photographer’s challenge. Is there an app for powder landings? Nikon D3s, 70-200 f4.

Tales from the dark side. Nothing beats working with light like this. It's a popular misconception that today's photography is all about computer work, processing and instagram-like filters. Who needs them? Nikon D3s, 70-200 f4, @ 1/1000th, f1/8.

Tales from the dark side. Nothing beats working with light like this. It’s a popular misconception that today’s photography is all about computer work, processing and instagram-like filters. Who needs them when you have January winter light? Nikon D3s, 70-200 f4, @ 1/1000th, f1/8.

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December 29, 2012

P.O.M Dec ‘012

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Photo Of the Month December 2012: Self portrait, Elba

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This month the snow started falling so I headed south on a little exploration of new (to me at least) terrain and photo possibilities. Armed with a map and little prior knowledge of where, meant trying rides according to how trails looked on the map and how the contour lines stacked up. Some worked , some didn’t, but this is the kind of stuff that makes adventure. On the last day on location, during the last ride, on the last ridgetop I reached, I shot this self-portrait above a stunning coastalscape far below  -the end point of the descent ahead of me. Shooting self portraits is never the easiest thing, using a 10-second self-timer on my Leica M9 (other cameras such as Nikon DSLR’s make it easier with their programmable shutter releases) but sometimes when the factors add up -the light, the feeling, the trail- you’ve got to try (sometimes they work: I won Bike Mag photo of the year in 2004 with a self-portrait). You’ve got to get the timing right, actually be riding in the frame and have some kind of respectable style in this age when riding style is the hallowed ground. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. A bit like going exploring new trails. This time it did. If I told you where this was, I’d have to kill you. Okay, it is the island of Elba, Italy. All I can say is, look out for a follow up trip feature later in 2013. Leica M9, Zeiss 50/1.5.

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