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An Adventure Beckons by Connell McCarthy
‘An Adventure Beckons’ is Connell McCarthy's sixth installment of his photography showcases where he try to maintain a specific theme while taking photographs, match them with a song and display them in a little gallery on Behance. He had the initial intention of taking some nature photographs with a moody atmosphere, so making use of the rainy Saturday, his girlfriend and I went out for a hike to take the photos.
My main inspiration for this project was the countless photographs that strike such a rich emotion of wanderlust that I find on Instagram and Tumblr. The atmosphere that this project gives off is always one that I’ve wanted to achieve for a while now and it was the coincidence of being at the right location and the right time that perfected what I wanted.
I’m still really new to photography so I haven’t yet found my distinct style. It’s always changing because I’m consistently trying to push my limits of what I can do stylistically, and my inspirations are shifting all the time. I know I’m leaning to more of a vintage film style as I take more photos. A couple of my big inspirations are Forrest Mankins (forrestmankins on Tumblr), Christian Watson (1924us on instagram) and André Josselin (andrejosselin on Behance). Their styles are so consistent and they are the photographers I look up to.
The best advice I can give to everyone is to go out there with a camera and nothing in mind. You’ll find inspiration in the moment, rather than feeling blocked while trying to come up with ideas. Some of my best photos have been because I just took my camera with me somewhere and seized the moment of a good shot. The other advice I can give is to refrain from editing your photos to the point of over doing hdr and saturation haha. I’ve seen too many of those.
I use a Fujifilm X-E2 camera with an adaptor for non-Fuji lenses. I shoot with my favourite lens, the Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4; but I’ve been borrowing a friends Nikkor 10-24mm 3.5 Wide Angle lens, which is perfect for nature shots. All my photo editing is done in Adobe Lightroom.
Fun fact: I don’t even have a tripod. When I want to take long exposure shots I make use of my weird rock balancing skills and build a sturdy structure to take a photo off of. It makes the photo much more satisfying and keeps the mood light and fun.
About Connell McCarthy
Connell McCarthy is currently 19 years old, living on the west coast of Canada. He grew up in a town outside of Ottawa, Ontario and eventually moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the fall of 2014. That move ignited a passion for nature and the intrigue of the views beyond the city and surrounding mountains. He didn’t grow up being a photographer but rather a digital artist and developer, and mainly found photography as an escape from working everyday on the same art medium. He's currently running a design team for an electronic music label called Monstercat and photography is just a side hobby. See more of his works on Behance or his website.