When working with nature, there can be many unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, Mathew has made it a habit to plan his shoots before he heads out. Usually, he searches for images of the specific location on Google in order to get an idea of what to expect. “I try to pre-visualise my photos and consider potential compositions. It comes with constant practice and effort, but these warm-up exercises help me get a better end result.”
Mathews’ usual kit for his excursions includes his favourite Nikon D810, a tripod that is a must and two different lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II for tighter frames and the AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED for wide-angle shots. In the event of a sunrise or sunset, Mathew makes sure to carry filters that help him capture the long exposures. Coming back from an excursion, he always sorts through images on the same day and picks the best ones. Once sorted, Mathews tends to use Lightroom and Photoshop for editing. One of his distinguished style is that Mathews likes to dodge and burn certain parts of the photos. This can be done in Photoshop and is a great way to give pictures a final touch.
One of Mathew’s wildest memories is from an incident that happened during a nine-day long adventure through Spiti Valley in India. As Mathew and his crew were returning to the base camp in Manali, they ran into a severe landslide with huge rocks blocking the road. Without proper network in the area, it was not possible to contact government officials.
“Literally, we had to take the matter into our own hands. It seemed hopeless! With help from the locals, we started to move the rocks. After almost six hours of hard work we cleared the path, and thankfully, we reached our end destination later that evening.” Looking back, this was the toughest experience Mathew has encountered as a photographer, yet one of the most rewarding experiences too, as he ended up with some unique photos.