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Mac Tippins moved from South Carolina to do something many people would not, live in a one-room home in the wilderness of Arizona to live in solitude. Being isolated came with it's perks, however, in the form of amazing nature photographs. Mac Tippins answered some of our questions about his life as a fire spotter and photographer extraordinaire.
1. Were you a photographer before becoming a fire spotter? If so, how has your personal photography changed or evolved since moving to Arizona?
I actually got my start in photography at about age ten. Then later, in Vietnam, I acquired a couple of good SLRs (Pentax Spotmatic IIs). That was a turning point, quality-wise.
Later, I became editor of an aviation magazine. I often did the photography for the magazine articles I was assigned. Again, the Pentax Spotmatics (augmented with a Rollieflex TLR medium format camera) served me well.
At the same time as my magazine editorship, I was also an airline pilot. I retired from both in 2001.
It was several years before I became a fire lookout for the US Forest Service. During that time, I acquired my first digital SLR - a Nikon D-70.
My first fire season was 2009 in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest (with my Nikon D-70 and a couple of cheap lenses). That is when I realized how little I knew about digital photography. So, when I returned to South Carolina after fire season, I immediately enrolled in the first of a number of courses at Showcase.
I did five seasons in Oregon. In 2014, I did my first fire season in Arizona's Coronado National Forest (Lemmon Rock Lookout), and I am there now for the 2015 fire season.
I am still in awe of the low-hanging fruit that a fire lookout platform affords a photographer! But my goal this season is to get out in the desert around Tucson more on my off days.
2. What type of weather do you get most excited to photograph in?
Lightning! And Arizona is the place for lightning photography. The monsoon will start in late June/early July. That brings several weeks of ideal thunderstorms for lightning photography. "Ideal" means relatively dry storms (little precipitation), with high cloud bases (4000 feet), and abundant lightning. And I am talking about night lightning photography. There are several landscape photographers in Tucson who are masters at lightning photography. I plan to link up with them for some night shoots later this summer (solo night shooting around here is not wise).
3. The color palette in Arizona is like nowhere else in the country, how to you incorporate naturally occurring colors in your photography?
So much could be said about this topic, that I don't know where to start! The obvious warm colors (Sedona, Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert) are what usually come to mind when thinking about photography in Arizona. The Arizona monsoon brings another gift to the photographer (besides lightning), and that is spectacular sunsets. I have shot sunsets here with such unbelievable sky color, that I ended up pulling the saturation down to make the shot more believable. The monsoonal rains also make the desert and high chaparral intensely green, a cool blue-green in cases, which make for a great color juxtaposition when shooting a warm sunset.
4. Much of your profession as a fire spotter is spent looking through a lens, whether it be binoculars or the camera. Has this effect your photography in any way?
It has made me a frame freak. I frame - in my mind - everything I see (always have). How would this look as a photo? What kind of glass to use? I even brought an old window, with wavy glass, from my 110 year-old house in Greenville, SC, to carry out into the desert to shoot through. A different frame, for sure. And the wavy glass a different filter! It might not work, but it is an idea I want to experiment with.
5. What type of camera and lens(es) do you use? Do you find any equipment necessary to your type of photography?
That first fire season in Oregon, and the subsequent courses at Showcase, made we aware of how inadequate my trusty, old Nikon D-70 was. (I still have it, and I am toying with the idea of having it converted to IR).
I found, too, that a single camera body was not enough. It necessitated too much lens changing in a dusty environment. And I never had the right lens on when a potential shot developed (the big Goshawk flies up, and I'd have a wide-angle lens on my camera!).
So now I have two Canon 5D MKIIs and a 5D MKIII. I'll probably rationalize at some point soon, and end up with two 5D MKIIIs (or MKIVs?). My "GO TO" lenses are a Canon 70-200mm zoom and a Canon 16-35mm wide-angle zoom. I also have a great 50mm f1.2, a 14mm wide-angle, and a versatile 24-105 zoom.
I have Manfrotto and Induro tripods/monopods. But I'm looking for something lighter! The more I shoot, the more I am convinced that hand-held is not conducive to quality. I like to at least use a monopod, preferably a tripod.
I also lean heavily on circular polarizing filters. They are a must out here. And GND/ND filters are nice to have, too.
6. What are your top three bits of advice for beginner nature photographers?
Although Arthur Fellig ("Weegee") was talking about street photography, he still said it best, "F/8 and be there." I'm not sure about the F/8, but the "be there" is the primary operative advice for nature and landscape photography. Of course, buy the best gear you can; full-frame if you can swing it. But more importantly, plan your shoots. Get a photographers' ephemeris app to find out when and where that full moon rise will happen. Study Google Earth if you are going somewhere you have never been before. Check the weather! Dress appropriately. For sunrise shots at an unfamiliar place, it is imperative that you recon that location in the light of day. Stumbling around in the dark, trying to find a spot to set up, is downright dangerous. And try to shoot with at least one other person. Solo night shoots in mountain lion country can be unnerving. I know. I've done it.
7. Any favorite spots in Georgia/South Carolina to photograph?
I love the rural South. Especially the mountains of N. Georgia, western NC, and the SC Upstate. Transylvania County, NC, is full of fantastic photo ops. But, the same can be said of the coastal areas, too. I especially like the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle. Apalachicola, Florida, is a time warp. I got some great shots there this past February of oyster boats working in the rain!
Winning photos will be published in the November 2015 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine and exhibited at Brooks Institute.
All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover book Best of Photography 2015.
EARLY ENTRY: April 13, 2015Early entry fee is $4.95 per photo entered (all entries must be uploaded or postmarked on or before April 13, 2015).
FINAL ENTRY: May 18, 2015Early entry fee is $5.95 per photo entered (all entries must be uploaded or postmarked on or before May 18, 2015).
No Limit to Quantity of Entries. • Rights remain with photographer • Subject matter is open • Finalists notified by July 27, 2015 • Winners notified by August 10, 2015 ELIGIBILITY
This contest is open to all amateur photographers in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
FIRST PLACE GRAND PRIZE $2,000 cash award from Photographer’s Forum PLUS • Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM | Art lens ($899)* • Chimera OB2 PRO Kit #6024 (Octa 2 Beauty Dish reflector and Versi Octa Speed Ring) ($399)
SECOND PLACE $1,500 cash award from Photographer’s Forum PLUS • Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM | ART lens ($800)* • Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack: Bumblebee-220 PL ($279.99)
THIRD PLACE $1,000 cash award from Photographer’s Forum FOURTH PLACE Five $125 awards
100 HONORABLE MENTIONS All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2015 issue of Photographer’s Forum magazine and will receive a gold embossed certificate of outstanding merit from Photographer’s Forum.
SlowExposures announces the 2015 Call for Entries for our 13th annual show celebrating the Rural South. This year our esteemed Jurors are Jerry Atnip, Nashville, Tennessee and John A. Bennette, New York City, N.Y. Deadline for submission is Midnight, June 15, 2015. For detailed information concerning submissions please see the Call for Entries page.