We’ve theoretically packed travel photographer Jon Hicks off to a desert island, but been kind enough to allow him to take along a few photo-based luxuries. Here are his choices
I’d take my Canon EOS 5D Mk III. It’s my latest camera — bought in September last year -and it’s great for its fantastic definition, and how well it performs at high ISOs with low levels of noise. I’ve recently got into stargazing, and this camera gives me everything I need for astrophotography -it’s a must on a desert island!
Keeping with the stargazing theme, I’d be castaway with my Canon EF 15mm full-frame fisheye lens. It’s a bit limited photographically as there’s quite a lot of distortion with it, but it would be great for those astrophotography shots because it’s sharp wide-open, pretty fast and has a huge field-of-view.
3) PHOTO ACCESSORY
I’d need a tripod to keep my camera steady during those long-exposure night shots again. Mine’s a well-loved and well-used Gitzo carbon-fibre tripod — I’ve had it so long now that the label wore off years ago!
4) ONE OF YOUR PHOTOS
I would have to take the photograph I shot on a trek up Mount Everest. I’ve done the trek twice-I returned to the same spot to retake a shot I’d taken 20 years earlier. It’s not my best shot, but it means something to me.
5) A PHOTOGRAPHY-RELATED BOOK
Years ago.I bought Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs by Ansel Adams. I was so inspired that I tried to follow in his footsteps, and take pictures just like him. I’ve since found my own style, but every now and then I’ll revisit this book for inspiration.
6) ONE PHOTO COMPANION
This is a tricky one-I’malone photographer and used to my own company. It would have to be someone who’s a goodcoo’ someone who could make all my meals. I guess it would have to be Nigella Lawson — at least she’s free now!
Seeking the light
WITH DON McCULLIN
Look past what is essentially a 30-minute advert for Canon’s products and you’ll witness countless fascinating moments as one of the world’s finest photojournalists, DonMcCullin, tries out digital photography for the first time. Having shot film for his entire career, McCullin is obviously sceptical and reluctant at first, but quickly finds his feet. There are some great moments here, as McCullin rushes about like a small boywho’s discovered his first camera, and gushes over features that many digital photographers take for granted, such as autofocus and low-light capability. Fantastic stuff!