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Blnt Pencil

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Blnt Pencil (@blntpencil) is an elusive creator who has a knack for storm chasing, capturing the most unpredictable weather, and showing the milky in its full glory. His goal is to showcase the beauty of nature and how mysterious the night sky is. Blnt Pencil is a talented photographer and editor whose work has been allowed him to teach and showcase his work all over the world.

Landscape photography with Blnt Pencil

Q: What made you want to become a photographer? 

A: I always find this question very difficult to answer. It was a natural progression in my life. I began designing digital art using Adobe Illustrator. These were used to make beanies and t-shirts for a brand I started with a friend. From this, I took a lot of photos on my iPhone camera and was complimented on them by many people. I used these photos for some t-shirt designs and thoroughly enjoyed the process of making photographs. I was told by people to buy a camera, and one day it just happened, I fell into it naturally.


Q: Who are you inspired by? 

A: I am inspired by a graphic designer called Steven Vogel who creates very dark illustrations. I am also inspired by a music producer called Zomby out of England. Although they are not photographers I take inspiration from their art to create my own.


Q: If you could only shoot with ONE lens-type for the rest of your life, which would it be? Fisheye, wide-angle, prime, zoom, macro, or a telephoto lens?

A: It would be the Nikon 14-24mm. It is an absolute beast of a lens that enables me to use a wide aperture of 2.8 and still achieve pinpoint tight compositions. This lens is also very good for night photography which is my specialty. 


Q: What is your go-to camera?

A: I only have 2 cameras. The Nikon d3400 and the Nikon d750. Sometimes they say things happen for a reason and two years ago I dropped my d3400 into a puddle. It was not working and it pushed me to upgrade to the d750 full frame. This camera is exceptionally good in low light conditions and paired with my 14-24mm lens I am able to create beautiful night photography. 


Q: How do you keep your photos fresh and new? 

A: I found myself photographs being repetitive. Last year I challenged myself to take more sunset photos and also chase more storms as opposed to just doing night photography. I am also working on some photo animations so stay tuned!

milky way photography

Q: What is the best part of your day? 

A: When the sun goes down!


Q: Coffee or tea? 

A: Black Coffee! 


Q: What is your go-to editing software or technique? 

A: I combine Lightroom and photoshop to create my images. My experience with adobe illustrator has really helped me understand how I can use these programs to achieve the best results with my images. Thank you adobe!


Q: If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, thing, etc), what would it be? 

A: Wow this is so hard to pinpoint. I think it would have to be the Aurora somewhere in Europe. Possibly Iceland because the landscape is so unique and vast. 


Q: You have a knack for catching some stunning weather. How do you decide when you are going to venture outside? 

A: Thank you! There's something about a storm that makes me feel so excited. I monitor these storms using weather apps and venture to a position where I can safely photograph the storm from a safe position. The timing is crucial and sometimes you can drive hours and miss everything. Others you can be at the right place at the right time and the storm chases you! 

Q: Where is the next place that you want to shoot with Lume Cubes at and how would you use the Cubes? 

A: I  always have my Lume Cubes on hand but I'd particularly like to take them to the Flinders Rangers which is North of Adelaide in South Australia. I'd use the Lume Cubes to illuminate the beautiful mountain range as I have never seen it done before!


Q: Describe your photography style in 5 words.

A: Seeing things you wouldn't believe 


Q: What is one thing that you won’t photograph?

A: Nothing! I’m happy to photograph anything! 


Q: You talk about your love for the night sky and showing its beauty off. When did you first start to shoot at night? 

A: This happened as soon as I got my camera. I soon discovered that the camera was able to see what the eye could not. This enthralled me and I was instantly hooked.