TOMASZ PRZYCHODZIEŃ

Tomasz Przychodzień - landscape photographer

ABOUT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

I seek light and shade mainly in mountainous areas. I often photograph in difficult weather conditions away from civilization. Each night spent several thousand meters above sea level brings new experiences that I try to transfer to photosensitive material.

It took me a long time to understand that the place where the photo was taken is irrelevant to me. It is not an art to duplicate instagram frames from any place visited during a short photo trip. The galleries contain photos created over the years, in various locations. More than documenting a given place, I focus on visualizing my way of receiving phenomena and personal experiences. It is impossible to assign feelings and moments to country or region, I prefer to focus on analyzing the quality of light, contrasts, searching for the ‘spirit of the mountains’ – regardless of the place.

Galleries do not present the only objective way of perceiving the landscape – I invite you to familiarize yourself with my vision. I will be pleased if it becomes a source of inspiration to search for your own, unconventional way of perceiving the landscape.

ABOUT ME

I collected my photographic experience in over 20 countries. I am a member of the Photographic Society of America and the Fotoclub RP. I won the National Geographic Grand Photo Competition, I was a finalist of Sony World Photo, Hamdan International Photo Award and other prestigious contests. My works have been presented and awarded in several dozen competitions and exhibitions in Poland and abroad. In 2018 I became the ambassador of the Tamron brand. I am the founder of the Light Guides photographic project under which I provide tuition to photography adepts sharing my knowledge and experience.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Achievements

Over 300 of my works have been exhibited and honored at international exhibitions and photo contests in 25 countries.

Recent achievements:

  • Finalist of Hamdan International Photography Award 
  • Winner, National Geographic Grand Photo Competition
  • Honorable Mention, PCA Circuit, Macedonia
  • Gold Medal PSA, Arizona Camera Club Council Salon, USA
  • Bronze Medal PSA, Arizona Camera Club Council Salon, USA
  • Medal, Arizona Camera Club Council Salon, USA
  • Medal, Arizona Camera Club Council Salon, USA
  • Honorable Mention, Saguaro Camera Club Salon, USA
  • 3x Honorable Mention, Phoenix Camera Club Salon, USA
  • Honorable Mention, Photography West SCW Salon, USA
  • Salon Praise, Rtanj Digital Circuit, Serbia
  • 2x FSS Praise, Rtanj Digital Circuit, Serbia
  • Bronze Medal, Rtanj Digital Circuit, Serbia
  • Gold Medal UPI , Rtanj Digital Circuit, Serbia
  • 2x Honorable Mention, PCA CORSICA Grand Exhibition, Serbia
  • Commended Image, Sony World Photo Awards
  • FIAP Diploma, Artfoto, Bosna and Herzegovina
  • Honorable Mention,, Fotoferia International Exhibition, Poland
  • Bronze Medal FIAP, Digital Art Photo Salon – DAPS-Rovinj, Croatia
  • Honorable Mention,, Digital Art Photo Salon – DAPS-Rovinj, Croatia
  • Honorable Mention,, 11ème Festival International Photographique de LA GACILLY, France
  • Honorable Mention, German International DVF-Photocup, Germany
  • Honorable Mention, Sydney Harbour International, Australia
  • Bronze Medal, FOKUS 1st International Photography Exhibition, Turkey
  • Honorable Mention, Fotoferia International Exhibition, Poland

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera

— Dorothea Lange

My gear

No camera takes photographs by itself and even the best equipment does not guarantee good photos. However, I assume that it is worth having the best equipment possible so that good photographs can become even better. Below I describe the equipment that I use most often and which I can 100% recommend. Photographing in difficult conditions, often in the rain, in the frost reaching -20C degrees, reliable equipment is the basis of each photographic expedition!

Nikon D850
Nikon Z 7
Nikon F6

My body of choice, tested in the harshest conditions. An equally successful model for the predecessor D810.  I appreciate its sensor resolution above all when preparing prints. The detail reproduction is amazing!

New acquisition. Lightweight backup for the D850. Same resolution sensor, more compact dimensions and contrast detection AF. Thanks to the second body I can simultaneously photograph using wide angle and telephoto lens.

Equipment for special occasions. Analog photography requires a completely different approach from the digital one, I usually use the reliable F6 when I feel that I am not moving my photography forward – looking for new challenges and photographic inspirations.

Laowa 12
Tamron 24 70 G2

There was a time when I photographed much more at an ultra-wide angle lenses. Currently, it is a lens for handling special tasks. Good image quality goes hand in hand with small dimensions – 12mm Laowa fits in my pocket.

Tamron replaced Nikon AF-S 24-70 F / 2.8. Tamron managed to add great stabilization, to the very good optical quality that I had in Nikon, . Thanks to this and I decide more often not to use a tripod.

Tamron 70 200 G2
Tamron 150 600 G2

Stabilization, stabilization, stabilization. Tamron SP 70-200mm G2 is amazing in this area. Shutter speeds of 1/50 at the long end are not a problem for this lens, and sometimes I can get a sharp image at 200mm at 1/6 sec. The focal range is almost perfect for me and I use it more often than even 24-70.

Optically, at the long end obviously it is not as sharp as Nikkor 600 F/4, but such a focal length and only 2 kg of weight makes Tamron accompany me practically every time I go to the mountains. By adding TC, you can photograph ants on the moon.

FLM CP 34 M4 II
FLM CP 10

FLM gives the answer to the question how much you pay for a logo when purchasing Gitzo gear. German tripods are much better quality and in addition cheaper. FLM gear was one of the best photographic investments I’ve ever made.

Very useful equipment, I often use for creating smartphone timelapses. The compact dimensions do not bother mounting the Nikon D850 + Tamron 150-600 kit on it.

breakthrough
Osprey Xenith 88

I use fewer and fewer filters, especially ND, which I try to keep to a minimum. Polarizing filters are the basis of my equipment. I practically do not remove them from the lenses. I use screw-in filters, which are easier to clean than square filters, which are impractical in rainy conditions.

A good backpack is the key to success. I only use Osprey hiking backpacks. No photo company has yet developed a good support system and a hipbelt. I store the equipment in my backpack in a special insert, designed by me, which is the result of cooperation with a local calender :)
backup
Ravpower Solar Powerbank

Backup gear

Other accessories

Backup of photos in the field is essential. I use a proprietary solution consisting of an SSD, USB hub/card reader and a telephone.

L-brackets – without them, it’s difficult to get good vertical photographs with a tripod.
Powerbank – Ravpower Solar 25000 mAh – high capacity that allows you to charge your phone, headlamp, camera batteries and other accessories. The solar panel can save lives in crisis situations.
The charger – Hahnel HLX-EL15HP – weighs as much as nothing, charges 2 batteries simultaneously from a power bank.
Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 – a cheap motorized timelapse slider
Filter cloth – LEE Filters Lens Cleaning Cloth only (they make poor filters, but great cloths)

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