Here´s a totally different photographer. In my view, this is guy is a photographer, because 99% of the work is done when the raw file is on his memory card. For anyone interested in nature, birds and wildlife, have a look. This guy goes to extreme lengths to get That image and, being an amateur, his number of awards are quite impressive.
I wouldn't subscribe to that view - he's a good photog because his resulting shots are good and he makes it appear as if it's done in camera - which is good because it makes ppl look at the actual picture rather than wondering which PS version he was using. But you didn't see the raw files, did you :->
No, I did not see the raw files. But the images he submitted to these competitions need to include the raw file. Because no manipulation is accepted. Several of his images are described in detail and I can assure you they are well prepared.
An example; The winning image of this year´s NNPC: A dark blue images of a trout just below the surface, with a mountain landscape in the background (you´ll find it as the last image in New uploads in his gallery). This images is shot in the middle of the night, in a shallow river. The camera is placed in a homemade aquarium, just above the water. The fish is attracted by using strong lights. Under water he placed two flashes. Initial focus on the fish, with f22 to get maximum dof on the fish. Then the focus is changed to infinity, through a home made focusing aid and the background is in focus for an additional 30 seconds, to capture the mountains and the sky. All in one take, using a 1DX, Samyang 14/2.8, flashes and lights and the homemade remote control for focus.
There are a couple of eagle images also worth checking out. One is shot from below the surface, just when the eagle catches the fish, Where he had the camera submerged in a home made sub. The other one is a close-up, wide angle shot, remotely controlled with the camera on a home made fleet, of the eagle just as it is about to hit the water. Fantastic images for a purist.
And, to repeat myself, I have no problem seeing the fun and challenge of mastering the various post processing options we now have. And I am not talking down people who invest their talent in using it. Many of them have skills I can only dream about. But manipulated images seldom have an appeal to me. There are many art forms I do not appreciate, but that does not mean that i talk them down. In many cases I just don´t have the ability to enjoy what they do.
But, I know I am one of the dinosaurs. I write with a fountain pen, I still read real books, I have a mechanical swiss watch and I prefer manual gear shift on my cars ...
(but I just got a Tesla P85D, so I am trying to learn