Hi Florent! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I'm Florent, from France, CEO of a company that sells ergonomic cushions and seats online, and amateur photographer since the early 2000s. Nature is my favorite subject.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
ANot sure it qualifies as 'weird', but; I was in the forest trying to photograph a beautiful dragonfly that flew in circles over a puddle, but it simply never landed on anything. I started to get a bit frustrated about it. After about one hour she finally decided to land... on my shoulder. That was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I gave up :).
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AI'm using two cameras at the moment: a Sigma dp0 Quattro (a wide-angle, fixed-lens and fixed-focal-length camera), and a Nikon D750 with a macro lens. Having fewer lenses is better for me. I prefer trying to get the best out of two prime lenses rather than covering all possible focal lengths with a bunch of optics. I think this approach yields better composed images. There's a lot to be done even with a 'mere' 50mm lens. I also often find myself in situations where I'd have to swap lenses frequently to get the images I want - i.e. when there's frost all around, the small details may be just as interesting as the wide view, so having two cameras is handy.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
ATry to avoid GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome!), and instead, focus on practising with one or two prime lenses. Shoot as much as you can so that using your gear becomes second nature... and train your eye, and find your style.