SmugMug Corner #21: Marc Adamus

As promised, the SmugMug Corner interview series is back in full force again this week after our break last week. This week we meet professional landscape photographer Marc Adamus.

Name: Marc Adamus

Lord of the Valley

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Marc Adamus, I am 28 years old and I am a professional landscape photographer.

The Beginning

What is your background/training in photography?

I have no formal training in photography. Photography, for me, is a product of a lifetime passion for wilderness adventure.

Canyon Life

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

I’ve carried a camera with me for more than 11 years of experiences in the wild. I was very involved in climbing and mountaineering in my teens and early twenties and was greatly influenced by the late Galen Rowell, a leading writer, climber and photographer at the time. Galen’s work inspired me to make my own images more than just simple documentation of my wild journeys.

Winter's Fury

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

Canon 1Ds Mark III body. 16-35 f/2.8 L II lens, 24-105 f/4 L lens, 70-200 f/4 L lens, 2x extender, Singh-Ray polarizing filter and 5 or 6 Graduated ND filters. Tripod setup is a Gitzo 1540 Carbon Fiber and Really Right Stuff Ball head. I also have a Canon 5D. Though I seriously doubt I’ll want to carry anything else around given the often grueling nature of my photography, it would be nice to pick up a couple Canon TSE lenses.

Light Diffraction, Waves

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Anything in winter. Nothing changes the landscape so much as winter. A new snow is a truly magical thing and capturing it well, especially high in the mountains I also love so much, is an exceptionally difficult challenge which I enjoy greatly. I am also especially drawn to lands of great contrast. Wherever the mountains meet the desert environment, the interaction between land and sea, lush valleys amidst glacial peaks, etc. Landscapes that showcase this diversity are fascinating to me.

The Tree God

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

Galen Rowell, obviously, had great influence on my desire to make something more out of my photography at a young age. His use of dynamic landscapes, bold light and color, wide angles and stunning vistas is present in much of my own work. Right now, I’d have to say Guy Tal is among several photographers for whom I have the most admiration. His work is very original on variety of levels, especially the more intimate views of nature. It’s important to keep pushing creative boundaries, thinking outside the box, and looking for new inspiration.

The Storm Wall

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I’ve been with SmugMug about 3 or 4 years now. I’m definitely not very technically inclined, so I’ve appreciated their staff, who have been unbelievably helpful every step of the way when it comes to designing and customizing my home page.

Winter Fantasy Land

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

SmugMug gives my clients a quick and easy reference to all of my photographs, tours and other information using attractive, easy to navigate pages. SmugMug makes adjusting and adding new features to my site quick and easy.

Crater Lake

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

You must develop a relationship with your subjects. This is especially true for us nature photographers, but it can be applied to many of the various facets of photography. The more you know about your subjects, the better the images that can come from your time together. Often, a great image can only be made during a rare and fleeting moment. The difference between those great images and simply good ones, often come from developing that relationship, whatever that may be.

Paradise Gardens

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