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| p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Lofoten - 2 FM guys with Leica M9 and Sony Nex |
Mirkoc, my first piece of advice is: prepare, prepare, and prepare some more. Even though the Lofoten is an amazing place, with little travel from spot to spot, and where shooting is mostly just off the road, Boris' planning made a big ifference to how much we did each day, and nobody plans better than Boris.
My second piece of advice is that, if you shoot with somebody, or more than one person, it really helps if there is no competitiveness or rivalry involved. Because no two shooters will want to spend the same time doing exactly the same subject, except not in the other's field of vision. And the more shooters, the less efficient and "perfect" the team. So easy compromises are key. And again, with Boris, it is really easy.
Then you have to balance what I call "destination shooting", meaning whatever you have set your mind to doing, and opportunistic picture-taking. Meaning, you calculate your timing for a given spot, which you want to reach no less than 45 mn before sunrise. And, on the way, you see something you really want to shoot, so, what to do?
Finally, decide what your level of commitment to photography is on that trip. How much equipement you want to carry. How early you want to rise to get that perfect light. How much energy you have to take out your tripod every time, even though there is enough light for handheld shooting. How many lenses, apertures and filters you are willing to experiment with on every spot. On this trip, we met all kinds of other "togs". From a Spanish hiker with months of time and a film Leica to tourist groups doing sightseeing cum photography, and pretty much all kinds of people in between. You can be any of the above and be happy. Just make up your mind what it will be, and you increase your chances of achieving this goal...
I am sure that Boris has priceless advice in this area, and he is generous with his wisdom...