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About Chocolate Fish Photos
Welcome to Chocolate Fish Photos, the independent and exclusive image library for travel photographer Oliver Ross. This website exists since the year 2000 and the name was inspired from the time when the photographer lived in New Zealand where cafés sometimes serve their hot drinks accompanied by a chocolate coated marshmallow fish, just like the one above.
To be a travel photographer means to hike, climb, walk and experience some of the most beautiful and remote corners of the earth. It means trekking across icy mountain passes, through insect infested swamps, or along tranquil tropical beaches. It means sleeping cosily suspended in your hammock, restlessly in a flea infested makeshift bed, or not at all while travelling on some dilapidated bus. It means listening to the soothing sounds of a mature old forest, the whispering silence of an endlessly stretching desert, or the commotion
of a bustling bazaar. It means meeting the friendly local who offers you food and shelter, the Buddhist monk who offers just a friendly conversation, or the con artist who offers you the free ride of your life. While all these experiences may appear very different, they all share the same invigorating simplicity and teach us an appreciation of beauty, a sense of feeling connected and close to the world, its liveliness and chaotic order.
I began with photography out of a fascination for nature and the desire to capture the inherent natural beauty of a place as faithfully as possible. Today, the natural environment is often a remote or even non-existent element in many modern city lifestyles. As a result, human activity and economic profiteering have made the truly unspoilt places increasingly rare on this planet. One of the aims of my work is therefore to try and overcome this alienation by re-establishing a sense of proximity to nature. I try to convey through my photographs these same feelings of passion and awe to the viewers that originally inspired me to take the photograph. To achieve this, I carefully select and analyse a subject until its essence is revealed and can be distilled into a single image.
often referred to as photographic realism as it depicts scenes of everyday life and local culture. It is all about 'The Decisive Moment', the virtual point where eyes, heart and brain meet (the words of Henry Cartier-Bresson). So you are bound to see a bit more of this in the time to come.
These are the main items in my camera bag ...
In 2012 I retired my EOS 5D and upgraded to the 5D Mark III. My standard travel kit now contains the EOS 5D Mk III with either the 28-135 IS or the 24-105L plus the 17-40L and 70-300 IS lenses. Both the 24-105L and 28-135 are great all-rounders and their image stabiliser allows for hand held shots down to 1/10s like in this example. While the L lens is a little sharper, it is also bigger and heavier so the choice on which lens to pack typically depends on the situation. If it is essential to pack light, I tend to use the 28-135 which has the added bonus of a slightly longer tele end which can come in handy as you don't need to change lenses that often. The 17-40L is of course ideal for capturing sweeping panoramas or large interiors but it can also be used to create
unusual perspectives. The 90mm macro is one of the sharpest lenses I ever used and delivers beautiful portraits and macro images. With the 70-300 tele it is possible to take pictures far from the subject or to simply obtain a compressed perspective. The Canon EF 50mm delivers very sharp images and its large maximum aperture of 1.4 delivers images with an extremely shallow depth of field. With the 180° field of view of the Sigma fish-eye, it is possible to produce visually stunning photographs.
Images that appeared on Chocolate Fish Photos before 2007 were taken on one of these films:
Before switching to digital in 2007, the standard travel films for me were the Fuji Velvia and the Fuji Velvia 100F but I also occasionally used Kodachrome and Kodak Elite which tend to give slightly warmer images. The Provia 400F can be used for darker environments like forests. For the black & white photography I prefer to use Ilford's 100 and 400 Delta which I develop and print myself.
Selected clients and recent publications featuring images from Chocolate Fish Photos:
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