Lost in the Andes: Breathtaking Story from a Traveler Carl Madsen



Travel Inspiration
Nature’s beauty in Ecuador. (Taken by Carl Madsen)

It doesn’t matter if you are an hobbyist traveler, or a professional one, photography gives you the ability to stop time and preserve all the best moments you are having on your journey. Therefore, we are always very interested to ask our dear guests to share their personal photography tips.

Tell us a bit about the equipment that you are using. With what did you start? What do you use now? Is there a camera that is on your wish list?

Currently I’m using a Canon EOS 450D, which is also what I started with some years ago. It’s been on permanent loan from my sister (thank you!), and I’ve almost saved up enough to get my first real upgrade – super exciting!

Currently I’m looking at the Canon 6D, a great full-frame body with solid high ISO capabilities – the camera I’m currently using goes real grainy once you hit ISO800, which is a limit of how much I can shoot in low light without a tripod.

What was that that inspired you to get into photography? Do you have like role models?

My father won his fair share of photography competitions back in the day, so I’d cite him as my main inspiration. I only actually got really into photography a few years ago, when I noticed that I was starting to take a lot more care in how I framed my Snapchat shots, haha.

What is that you love to take pics of the most? Moreover, why?

I love taking photos of landscapes, a main reason being that it pushes me to go out and explore more! There’s something so serene about sitting down for a while and taking in all the little details of something you might otherwise just pass through. Recently though I’ve been shooting a lot more urban and portraits, something I’m not too used to, but it’s an entire different world, and I love to practice. So if anybody is interested in doing some urban/portraits together, just hit me up.

Walk us through some basic rules that you apply to when taking photos. Are there some particular techniques? Do you take pictures only during some particular time of day? 

The only real thing I try to do is experiment – if I’m shooting something, I’ll frame it in a way that I think is best, but then take more shots in a variety of different frames and shutter speeds. When I go over my photos at the end of the day, a lot of the time I’m surprised to find that I’d have a different favorite to when I initially shot it. So I always try to experiment. I have fun with a lot of different places and times, but I always keep coming back to magical sunsets.

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