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ABOUT

Nick Mason: Mountain Photographer

Nick Mason is a photographer and doctor based in Cardiff, UK. Nick has always taken a camera with him into the mountains. Initially this was to record the places he visited and the routes he climbed, but increasingly photography became a creative response to the beauty of the mountain environment and an end in its own right. The outstanding quality of Nick’s photography was recognised in 2008 by his appointment as one of Olympus Cameras’ Top Photographers.

When not taking photographs, Nick works as a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and is a recognised expert in high altitude medicine. Nick is the Chair of Trustees for the International Porter Protection Group UK (IPPG), a registered charity which works to improve the well being of mountain porters throughout the world but especially in Nepal. Nick is currently undertaking a major project to photograph the lives of the mountain porters of Nepal to highlight the appalling conditions under which these proud but vulnerable people struggle to earn a living.

Closer to home Nick is often to be found among the hills and valleys of his local Brecon Beacons National Park. This unique landscape, carved from Old Red Sandstone, with its barren broad rolling ridges and flat-topped summits presents considerable challenges to the landscape photographer. Nick frequently uses the panoramic format in his photography of the Brecon Beacons that is ideally suited to the Brecon Beacons’ long escarpments and deep valleys. Nick is frequently to be found making his way to a summit ridge before dawn, or lingering long after sunset, to capture the best light in which to show the effect of the changing seasons on this distinctive and strangely beautiful landscape.

Equipment

"The challenge to the photographer is to command the medium, to use whatever current equipment and technology furthers his creative objectives, without sacrificing the ability to make his own decisions.”  -  Ansel Adams

Nick writes: “I have been using Olympus equipment since switching to digital capture ten years ago. The remote mountain environments in which many of my pictures are taken place great demands on a camera system. The weather sealing, dust removal system and unfailing reliability of the Olympus E SLR System, combined with the superb optics of Zuiko professional lenses, have stood me in good stead during the last decade resulting in many of the images that you see on this website.

“For the last four years I have been using the Olympus Micro 4/3 system. When travelling in mountainous terrain, particularly on skis, weight is at an absolute premium. The OM-D Series has rapidly proved itself to be the ideal camera system for me: small yet robust; completely weather-proof; excellent ergonomics for shooting in manual mode; lightening fast autofocus for skiing shots and capable of capturing the highest quality images with a stellar collection of lenses. Without doubt, the OM-D E-M1 is the best camera I have used.”

"A good quality tripod and ball head is almost as important as the camera and lens for capturing high quality landscape images. I use a Gitzo 3530LS tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead or a Gitzo G1228 Tripod with Kirk BH3 Ballhead when I need increased portability. For shooting panoramas I use a Really Right Stuff PCL-1 Panning Clamp and a MPR-CL II Nodal Slide. Really Right Stuff make some of the most beautifully engineered and ergonomic photography equipment I have seen.

"I exclusively use Lee Filters, when required, to keep post-capture manipulation to a minimum."

All images and content of this website © Nick Mason. No part of this website may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without prior permission.
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