Image copyright Jamie Malcolm-Brown. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
This is our fifteenth episode of Tamron Recipes, and playing off the chef analogy couldn't be more appropriate. Each guest has had their specialty, style, and even a few secret ingredients to their success. And, like fine chefs, they're all incredibly passionate about their favorite cuisine! The result is the Tamron Kitchen is filled with with great ingredients by some of the most respected artists in photography.
We've got Jamie Malcolm-Brown from Massachusetts joining us in the Tamron Kitchen this month. His passion is landscapes, always looking for a way to capture images that challenge us with their beauty and ability to be calming. But that's only part of the story of his diversity as an artist because he also photographs weddings and portraits. Then, last but anything but least, he teaches drone photography.
In this new recipe, Jamie used Tamron's 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens. It wasn't easy to decide which image to share to kick off his two-part series, but when I saw the photograph above, it had so much depth and beauty.
With each new "chef," even if I don't know them well, I go off in search of a quote that seems to apply to their work or personality.
"Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out,
giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium."
About "Chef" Jamie: Jamie's "medium" is obviously photography, but we love his diversity as an artist. So, whether shooting a wedding a creating a piece of fine art, his focus is always on the client's needs combined with his skill set.
Unlike a lot of landscape photographers, Jamie also works on spec based on the needs of his client. I love the beauty and the simplicity of his fine art marketing video and decided to share it here because it will give you another way to get to know Jamie.
About the Image: Jamie wrote - I was actually in the middle of a 3 day drone photography meet-up but after three years of flying I had my first drone crash. I had to pivot my plans. Rather than go with the group to a prime fall-foliage location that would be perfect for the drone, I decided to drive around town and visit a few trees that had good potential for colorful foliage.
When I arrived before sunrise a thick fog covered everything and I could barely see the trees. I thought the morning was a bust but the sun started to rise and burn through the low clouds. The tree I was at was still shrouded in fog but the sun was about 100 yards to my right. I grabbed my gear and ran over.
The tree in the image is on someones farm land that I didn't have permission to go on so I put on the Tamron 100-400 and stood at the side of the road. In the end I am glad I did! The long focal length emphasized the layers and made the sun larger in relation to the tree. Going with a wide angle would have not given the image the same effect.
Tamron manufactures some of the finest glass in imaging today. They've become one of the industry's most favorite suppliers, especially when it comes to their busy booth at any convention or trade show. The 100-400 mm zoom is just one of Jamie's favorites. Click on the thumbnail on the right for more information about this remarkable lens.
It's a new year, and while travel for all of us is limited now, you can count on the Tamron team being back on the road when the crisis is over. Plus, their website is loaded with outstanding content as well as their YouTube channel. Now's a great time to catch up on your reading and video content - all focused on helping you raise the bar on your skillset as an artist.
And when it comes to more of Jamie Malcolm-Brown's work, click on his image above to visit his website. Then make sure he's on your radar. He's an artist you should know about.
I decided to share this short marketing video he has on his website because it will give you another perspective on his passion. Just below the video on his website he explains: "If you want a custom image of a local landmark, your favorite nature spot or just an aerial image of your home I can work with you. I am an FAA certified drone pilot and would love to connect with you to find the best weather, season and time of the day that you want to capture for your personal image."
Jamie's focus isn't just on the landscape, but his client's needs.
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