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JedPearson

Interview with Jed Pearson

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04 September 2015

Posted by Sally Hart

Hi Jed! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

I work in Public Sector Housing and over the years my role has become more and more office based and photography gives me the opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural world. Having been brought up living on the coast it is this environment that really excites me and I love to capture the weather fronts that roll in over the Irish Sea creating opportunities for my favoured long exposure techniques.

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

AI completely miscalculated the tide on a recent visit to shoot some old wooden sea defences at sunset and when I arrived the tide was much further up the beach than I’d expected. The sky looked very promising and I’d driven for an hour and a half to get to the location, so to get a good composition I waded out into the water with my tripod fully extended and stood for half an hour waist deep in the sea to get the shot I wanted. This much to the amusement of my wife who sat on the beach laughing at me. When I returned to the car I was soaked and didn’t have a change of clothes so drove home in soggy boxer shorts and a coat - the things we do for the love of photography.

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AI upgraded my camera to a Canon 5D mkiii about 2 years ago and absolutely love it. The full frame sensor is ideal for landscape photography and the high pixel count allows for cropping without too much loss of image quality. For landscapes I favour the Canon 17-40mm F4 L USM, it’s lightweight and gives great image quality, I use Lee filters for a lot of my long exposures particularly the Big and Little stopper, ND grads and polariser. I have recently acquired a Hi-Tech 15 stop Firecrest filter which is great for times when the cloud movement is slow and I want the clouds to streak right across the frame. This can mean exposure times of 8, 10 or even 15 minutes so you have to be really happy with your composition before taking your shot as there may not be an opportunity to take another as the conditions change.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

AIt’s two tips really, get to your chosen location early and wander around to find the composition that you are after, don’t ry to emulate the shots of others from the same location but look for something that makes yours unique. My second tip is to learn how to use the digital darkroom. If you shoot in RAW, and you really should, your images will need to be processed but remember less is often more when it comes to saturation and vibrance

'My favourite shot that I’ve uploaded to Picfair is 'On a long lead’ it was shot on News Years Day this year at West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula. After the festive celebration... Read more

'My favourite shot that I’ve uploaded to Picfair is 'On a long lead’ it was shot on News Years Day this year at West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula. After the festive celebrations I was itching to get out with my camera, it was bitterly cold and I was struggling with my camera controls as I couldn’t feel my fingers. As the sun set storm clouds blew in behind me and the sunset colours lit up the sky over the Welsh hills. I drove home cold but very happy with the shots I’d taken.' Read less

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'Fiddlers Ferry power station is a fairly dominant feature on the local landscape and the impacts on the environment of coal powered power stations is will documented. However t... Read more

'Fiddlers Ferry power station is a fairly dominant feature on the local landscape and the impacts on the environment of coal powered power stations is will documented. However there is something about this location that I am drawn to and at dawn bathed in colour from the rising sun it can be magnificent and I hope I have captured just a little bit of that with this image.' Read less

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'This old wooden boat has a great patina from it many layers of paint being eroded by the sea over the years. I wanted to include some of this detail whilst still capturing the ... Read more

'This old wooden boat has a great patina from it many layers of paint being eroded by the sea over the years. I wanted to include some of this detail whilst still capturing the wonderful colours of sunset over the Dee estuary and felt that this composition allowed me to do both.' Read less

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'A very local and favourite location for me, New Brighton Lighthouse, this was a stormy evening and I wanted to capture the liveliness of the sea as the storm clouds and rain be... Read more

'A very local and favourite location for me, New Brighton Lighthouse, this was a stormy evening and I wanted to capture the liveliness of the sea as the storm clouds and rain began to roll in off the Irish Sea.' Read less

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'A trip up to Snowdonia National Park. I had visualised this shot before leaving home and wanted to capture the sun back lighting Mount Snowdon and the lone birch silhouetted in... Read more

'A trip up to Snowdonia National Park. I had visualised this shot before leaving home and wanted to capture the sun back lighting Mount Snowdon and the lone birch silhouetted in the foreground. Conditions couldn’t have worked out better, a slight mist hanging over the lake not a breath of wind to create ripples on the water and as the sun started to appear it through small rays of light above the mountains summit. My aim was to create a tranquil scene that also showed how beautiful Snowdonia is.' Read less

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'A favourite venue for many photographers Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ on Crosby beach Merseyside. With this being such a popular venue I wanted a shot that put my interpre... Read more

'A favourite venue for many photographers Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ on Crosby beach Merseyside. With this being such a popular venue I wanted a shot that put my interpretation on it so aimed at a very long exposure that led to the clouds merging into blocks of colour and intensified the reflected colours on the sea. I hope I have achieved what I attempted and produced something a little different from the many images of this stunning art installation.' Read less

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'I had been further out on the beach shooting the boats at sunset and had packed up and was heading back to my car when I spotted both the quality of the light and composition ... Read more

'I had been further out on the beach shooting the boats at sunset and had packed up and was heading back to my car when I spotted both the quality of the light and composition for this shot. I set my gear up again and took a long exposure to ensure the water around the boat was still and gave good reflections. I later converted it to black and white as there was little colour left in the sky but the contrast between light and shade was strong and I felt this created the mood I was after when taking the shot.' Read less

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