John Stead of Northern Wild is a landscape photographer from Northern England and Scotland that travels the globe on top of being an educator with over 16 years’ teaching experience offering in-the-field workshops and photo walk sessions. NYA-EVO is proud to welcome John as one of our global ambassadors.
We recently sat down with John and asked him 10 questions we most wanted to know.
1. What is the greatest thing about being a photographer?
For me it’s the opportunity to capture the essence and emotion of a location.
2. How does being in nature make you feel ?
Being out in nature is a form of meditation for me. Focus turns to the view, lighting, smells and sounds of your surroundings. It’s very grounding.
3. What got you into into photography ?
I have always been interested in the outdoors and creative arts. Landscape photography allows me to combine them and get the best of both worlds.
4. Your favourite shot ever taken ?
My favourite image was taken in Elgol on the Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands. This image was taken during a very dramatic hailstorm. I was almost ready to pack in after getting very wet. Suddenly the hail stopped and clouds over the Cuillin range cleared. Well worth getting battered for.
5. What is your most valuable advice to adventure photographers starting out?
Focus on adventure and experiences instead of things. Just do it!
6.Your secret spot that never gets old?
Shhhh it’s a secret
7. What do you shoot with?
My main camera is a Nikon D810, I love the high dynamic range you get especially when shooting in low light.
8. If you could only shoot with one lens for the rest of your life which one would you pick and why?
I love my Nikon 16-35mm, this is my goto lens for most of my landscapes and has never let me down.
9. Your Holy Grail photography trip?
Look behind you! Many times I used to be so focused on reaching a particular spot or summit for a great view or sunset that I failed to notice the views and dramatic sky’s that were developing right behind me.
10. What is your favourite feature of the FJORD 36?
I love the fact that I can squeeze so much into this bag, its almost like a Tardis.
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