The Photographer:
Stephen Emerson was born and lives in Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. He works with digital SLRs and enjoys the opportunities this offers for experimentation and the ability to get instant feedback from the camera. His main areas of interest are landscape, wildlife and nature, especially in the British Isles. Stephen's images has featured in magazines, books and various travel publications.

Artist's Statement:
I recall in childhood memories trips into the country with my father which has always stayed with me. The climb to Slieve Donard - the highest mountain in Northern Ireland - the magic and wonder of the Giants Causeway - the beautiful waterfalls of Glenariff. I remember in particular a little postcard book of various beauty spots in Ireland which opened my eyes to the art of capturing this raw beauty. Even as a teenager I always had a passion for photography and in particularly when capturing the landscape.

Here indeed is a world where one has the freedom to express a visionary realm where time would stand still and all the beauty of the moment and place would be captured for ever in an image.

Into the Storm:
I love moody skies and extreme weather conditions but my favorite time to photograph is dawn when you really have the place to yourself. This early start can mean leaving home at 2.30am in the summer months to be on location for sunrise. I would usually check the weather satellite to best judge cloud movement before I head off. The mood and atmosphere in this twilight hour can be both haunting and beautiful at the same time.

I believe the essence of a good landscape shot comes down to exact composition, timing and light. Applying oneself more closely to these artistic elements are the components of any great image. Trying to master these technical aspects is a constant study that I find challenging and rewarding. If possible I always like to capture a little drama in my images or something that makes them a little different.


Current equipment

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EF 16-35mm II f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro

Canon EOS 600D

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash
Slave flash unit
Remote flash trigger

Lee Filters System
Heliopan ND 10 stop filter
Circular Polarisers
Tripods heavy/light