Tim and Robin Moon are well known for their contributions to the Sydney landscape photography scene and Focus Photographers Group. Tim and Robin are both award winning amateur landscape photographers who really know how to capture our worlds beautiful scenery. We’ve been following their work for quite some time now and we got both of them to talk us through their passion for landscapes.
First off what gear do you currently use?
Robin: I’m a Sony Girl. I have 2 Sony A7RII’s to shoot fast and give me pixels for processing and printing. An A7SII for Astro and Aurora. An infrared converted A6000 for fun ; and my first love – an A7 as a trusty backup.
All my lenses are Sony native. My 24-70GM is my workhorse lens and i use the 16-35mm for landscape coastal sunrise shoots ( with my favourite 6 stop Nisi filter ). My 12mm f4 gets me a whole Milky Way in one shot; the crazy sharp Zeiss 55mm 1.8 for portraits of the ever patient family dog and I’m loving my newest, the 100-400mm for wildlife. I have the 90mm macro but it sits in my bag unused way more than i wish.
Tim:I started with a Nikon D810 with a 14-24mm lens, and added the 24-70mm and the 70- 200mm. NiSi 6 stop filter is great for long exposures on the coastline or waterfalls. Recently I purchased a Laowa 12mm as a great compact travel lens. I also fly a drone, so the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is my preference, and a Mavic Pro for travel. Finally a Sirui Waterproof Tripod and Miggo Agua range of bags and backpack.
What type of photography are you both into?
Robin: I started with Landscape, can’t get enough of Wildlife and this summer I’m concentrating on marine life with my Aquatech housing. I shoot an occasional wedding and portrait but often feel overwhelmed with the intimacy of capturing and maneuvering people. Animals are way more fun!
Tim: As we travel together, I usually shoot landscapes, and Architectural images. I’m currently playing with a Sony a7R with a converted sensor capturing infrared images.
How did you start shooting and what inspires you both?
Robin: In 2015 I was working in Tasmania and was following the Aurora Australis Tasmania group on Facebook.
Tim and I went to Italy around that time for a few weeks, and I started to get annoyed at my iPhone capabilities.
A work colleague suggested the A7, so the very day that the Facebook Group announced an aurora was due that night. I walked into a camera store in Hobart, asked for a mid priced user friendly “big girl” camera and quality lens
and walked out with the Sony A7 and the Sony f4 16-35mm.
I rushed home and devoured the instruction manual that day so i could shoot that night.
What a steep learning curve as I literally knew nothing about cameras or photography techniques!
Later that night I found the Facebook group on a local beach, set up my gear , pointed south
and when those first aurora photos came through the LCD screen with their purples and greens
i may have squealed. Loudly. I was totally and utterly hooked and i’ve never looked back.
Anything outdoors in the soft light of dawn or starry skies, or in the wilderness fills me with
such joy and i feel like i am actively engaging in the environment instead of just passing through it.
This summer i’ve been chasing stingrays – surprisingly friendly critters! and come mid year
i will uphold a dream to photograph the beautiful white horses of the French Camargue region
and later return to Tonga to swim again with those cheeky Humpback whales.
Tim: I’ve always had a camera handy, but only recently treated photography as an art form rather than just a tool for capturing what is directly before me. You can only get so far with technically correct and composed images. Having learnt the basics, I am now trying to add mood, atmosphere and character to my images, aiming to provide a more engaging connection with the viewer.
What are your top three photography locations?
Robin: Sydney Harbour. The Opera House at sunrise, the Harbour at sunset from Kirribilli. Whether a beginner or professional, you can’t take a bad photo here .
The Humpbacks of Tonga. A short season that is well regulated by the Tongans ensures these beautiful and mischievous creatures continue to calve in the azure warm waters without humans scaring them away. To hear the tunes of the courting male humpback echoing through kilometres of water is a song i will never forget.
Norway and Iceland. Either one. Just GO! Wild and beautiful. Experiencing an arctic winter with a night sky swirling with Aurora is a life changing moment.
Tim: No. 1 for a landscape photographer would have to be Iceland, but it is quite different between seasons.
The landscapes are raw and majestic, and so different to what we know in Australia, with the black sand beaches
and “in your face” weather. Unfortunately it has become a victim of it’s own success, with tourist numbers growing.
No. 2 would be Tasmania, and the variety of coastline, and wilderness areas.
No. 3 is New Zealand.
For any aspiring landscape photographers what are your top tips?
Robin: Chase the soft light at the beginning and end of the day. Get out 1/2 hour before dawn. If the sun is already at the horizon, you’ve missed the best light of the day. Download the App TPE (The Photographer’s Ephemeris) and all the info is there to help you plan the best time and best location to shoot sunrise and sunset.
Tim: Avoid the trap of taking the hero image that has been taken by so many photographers so many times before.
If you are visiting a place to photograph, spend time to just enjoy and explore the area before picking up a camera.
It might take two or more visits for you to understand a place and how best to capture it with fresh eyes.
Finally what is Wanderlust Imagery?
Tim and Robin: We are a small group of like minded amateur photographers telling stories of our love of travel.
See more of Tim and Robins work below: