Five at Five – John Steiner aka Johnbo of Journeys with Johnbo


This week’s Five at Five Intro features Photographer is John aka Johnbo from Journeys with Johnbo. John’s About Page says:

I love to travel and I love to take pictures… I also love to write. What could be more appealing to me than a blog where I can share what I love with others?

When I was young, I was a photo fanatic, even processing my own color prints in my home darkroom. Those of a certain age who remember early color print technology know how color chemistry was an exacting and critical process.

Five at Five Questions

  •  When and how did you start on your photographic journey? 

I learned photography skills in high school in the 1960s. I loved darkroom work and for a time even did Kodacolor print processing in my home darkroom, something that was not often done by anyone but professionals (a status of which I was not.)

When I entered my electronics and teaching careers, I fell away from photography but picked it up again when I retired after a 40+ year break.

  • What subject do you like photographing the most? 

I do mostly landscape photography and I focus on travel images for my blog.

  • Have you been influenced by other photographers, if so by whom and why? If not, who is your favourite photographer? 

I don’t like to mention the names of the professionals I’ve admired (like Ansel Adams) for fear that people might think I am comparing my work to theirs. I could only hope to enjoy their works so I don’t even try to emulate their skills.

  • What is the go-to camera equipment that you use regularly and what software do you use to process your images? 

I have three cameras I use regularly, a Nikon D500 with Tamron 16-300mm zoom is my primary camera. I use a Sony RX-100V for street photography and when I want to be less conspicuous, and my Samsung S20Ultra cell phone is my “daily driver,” the camera that is almost always with me. I also use a DJI Mavic Air drone for occasional aerial images. I am a licensed drone pilot.

I use Adobe Lightroom for cataloging, culling, and basic edits on my images. Starting with Luminar 2018, I’ve exported my images from Lightroom into the various Luminar products for final tweaks. I am currently using Luminar Neo.

If I am planning to convert an image to black-and-white, I send it off to DxO’s Nik Silver Efex software.

  • What is your favourite method of processing an image? (i.e., colour, monochrome, saturated, dreamy look etc) 

That’s a hard question as it depends upon the subject. I can say that except when using the cell phone camera, I use a bracketed 3-shot exposure with one stop above and one stop below the meter’s best guess. I then use Lightroom to merge the image into an HDR photo. For a while I was smitten with that “grunge” HDR look. I’ve gotten over that, now using the HDR mostly to open shadows and get details in the highlights.

I also love to take panoramic images, multiple vertical or horizontal exposures stitched together in Lightroom.

Photographs

Links

Blog: https://photobyjohnbo.wordpress.com/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/photobyjohnbo/


Thank you, John, for participating in the Five at Five Introduction Series.

Next Week’s Intro is Amy of The World is a Book

11 responses to “Five at Five – John Steiner aka Johnbo of Journeys with Johnbo”

  1. Nice to read more about John’s photography!

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    1. It’s nice to read about the person behind the camera..

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  2. Another great interview

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  3. Thanks, Bren! I enjoyed our virtual interview.

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    1. Thank you for taking part… Have a great weekend. xx

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  4. A fabulous selection of photos John. I cannot wait to see who is featured next in the wonderful series Bren 🙂

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    1. Next week it is Amy… I’m loving this series … It is so nice to read a little about the people behind the camera. Xx

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