Richard Hurst – www.richardhurstphotography.co.uk
I have been a big fan of Richard’s work and had the pleasure of meeting up with him in London few months back. Richard’s eye for detail and dedication to Landscape photography makes his photography really interesting and enjoyable to look at. I hope you enjoy the interview and just look below for those questions you have all been waiting for.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and also how many years have you been “behind the lens”?
I always find these questions a bit tricky but I’ll start with the basics. I’m a married dad of 3 children and have been in Recruitment for the past 25 years, of which I have run my own business for the past 14 years. I have a great wife, Helen who allows me to go out and do more than my fare share of photography so I’m very grateful to her. I started photography back in 2010 when I purchased a Pentax K5 and after a few months of reading lots of magazines and online articles felt brave enough to attend a workshop led by Doug Chinnery, since then it’s all been a blur of great locations and new friends
How long have you been a photographer?
What type of photography do you shoot and why?
I shoot mainly landscape photography and have a real passion for the coast. There is something quite special about being on a beach at sunrise with just the sound of the waves for company. I also love long exposure photography and the effects that can be achieved with this technique.
What type of camera(s) do you use?
I currently use a Canon 1DX which I’ve had now approx 7 months and love it to bits.
What other photography accessories do you use (and like using), other than your camera?
I would say this would have to be my collection of filters. Like I said I love Long Exposure photography so using the various combinations of ND filters to gain the desired result is something I like experimenting with.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Hmmm tricky one, I’d say currently if would have to be my 24-70mm f2.8 MKII for it’s versatility.
Who are three of your favourite photographers that inspire you the most and how has your appreciation of their work affected how you do your photography?
To be honest I admire every photographers work wether they have been taking images for a few months or years. Anyone that puts the effort in to get up and get out there deserves respect. I don’t try to concentrate or base my particular style on any one photographer as I believe you need to develop your own system and style and do things in a way that makes you happy with the results you’ve achieved. If I had to say who inspired me then I would have to say Terry Gibbins and Daniel Hannabuss. They are the guys that invite me out on trips and motivate me to become better at what I do, and I hope in some way I do the same for them. But based on sheer awesomeness of images I would say I love the work of Antony Spencer, Ian Cameron and Joe Cornish.
What are the typical preparations that need to be made before a shoot/photowalk? (Both in terms of camera equipment and researching the location itself / weather etc.)
First Of I always check my gear 2 days prior to a trip out and make sure everything is in it’s place in the kit bag and that filters have been cleaned and ready, then the day before I charge all the batteries so I’m covered for the full day and more if needed. I also check and format my CF cards and pack them. With regards to a location itself once I have decided on where I am going to visit I research the area as much as possible, I do this by using sites such as Flickr, 500PX etc to look at what composition possibilities there may be and try to get an idea of what the terrain will be like and build up a composition idea in my head so that when I arrive I’m not just stumbling around blindly. I also use such apps as “The Photographers Ephemeris” and “Photopills” to plot sunrise and sunset patterns.
Links to your own 3 favourite images from your own portfolio
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect about your type of photography that you do?
Well with Landscape photography it would have to be the early starts in summertime for sunrise shoots and the late evenings for sunsets. It takes a lot of dedication to get up at 2am to reach a location in time. Also I’d say that with any outdoor based activity you are in the hands of mother nature so you have to be prepared for your best laid plans to fall apart and not go how you intended them to.
Favourite post processing tool that you use eg Nik Software, Photomatix, PS, LR, Topax or any other program that you use
I mainly use LR5 and a bit of CS6 but I would have to say that I really like Nik Silver efex pro and Define for adding those finishing touches to an image.
Are there any places that you would really like to visit to take photos?
Too many to list I think. Next year I’d like to get up to Scotland and the isle of Skye as this is an area that I’ve never been to but have seen some awesome images from.
A Website or/and Blog that you visit often?
I often visit photography forums such as talk photography or photography on the net to get location ideas and check out the classified sections looking for a bargain.
Do you have a highlight or something that you are proud of in your photography that you would like to share?
There have been lot’s of highlights on a personal level but getting into this years LPOTY book has been a big achievement for me.
If you had one very important lesson that you think every photographer needs to learn from, what would it be?
Patience, things are not going to go right first time, you have to be willing to re-visit a location on numerous occasions to get all the elements to come together.
Any other comments that you may wish to share are always welcome.
Think your featured artist on the blog is a great idea and keep up the good work.