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29 May 2023

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The Best Landscape Photographers in Famous Modern Indonesia

Ice landscapes have their own charm when viewed directly with the naked eye, as well as when witnessing them in photo media. There are distinct nuances of the ice landscape that can only be witnessed in certain areas, and even then only under certain conditions. Adventurous photographer Imam Taufik Suryanegara, captures the icy landscape of Iceland in his personal project which he titled “Chasing Ice.”

IMAM TAUFIK SURYANEGARA Photographer Working as an employee at a company engaged in the manufacture of cigarettes, Monday to Friday he spends on office matters, and weekends are the time for Taufik to be photographic. Interested in photography in 1997. Active in student organizations at the end of the new order made him acquainted with journalistic photography. He also likes traveling until he finally found photography as a passion. INSTAGRAM & STELLer: @TaUFIk_ITS

  • Many of the works you display are landscape photos, what made you get involved in this photo genre?

I photograph anything that is interesting to capture, not limited to landscape photos. I also often make coverage photos, as well as human interest and travel photos. My love is more towards landscape photography because landscape for me is an area without boundaries, always changing and very dynamic. For example, when I’m on the beach, at the same object, changes in light, changes in time, and nature become interesting objects to capture, these changes become a special strength and attraction in a landscape photo. For me, landscape photos are not limited to the result, but more to the process of taking it, I enjoy enjoying the process of taking pictures more, while for the results, I consider it a bonus, and I leave it to those who enjoy it.

  • About Chasing Ice, can you tell us about the background and mission accomplished for this project?

The main issue that is being felt by the world today is global warming, which is a process of increasing the average temperature of the atmosphere, sea and land on Earth. One of them is the phenomenon of melting ice at the north and south poles of the earth. The impact is very harmful to the earth and has a great influence on the inhabitants of the earth. I happen to have lived and worked in Europe and I was moved to capture that change with the Chasing Ice project – looking at the melting of ice up close and personal and capturing it in a photo story. I want to share this phenomenon and its impact on people living in tropical areas like us, so they can prepare themselves for climate change and pay more attention to ecosystems.

  • When and how long did you hunt for photos for Chasing Ice?

This project started in October 2015 and is still running today. My wife (Endra Martini) and I visited Iceland. This country is the location of the Vatnajokul Glacier which has an area of ​​8,300 square kilometers, included in the Skaftafell National Park area. That’s where I started the Chasing Ice project. On the first trip, for 5 days, I made observations. After landing in Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland), 4 hours flying from Geneva (Switzerland), I took a road trip using a Camper Van to Jokulsarlon, the location of Glacier Lagoon, which is on the north coast (+400km) and back to Reykjavik. I’m back again March 3-11 2016, this second coming at the end of winter. I call this trip ‘Into the Wild’, traveling around 2,800km of Iceland for 8 days in extreme weather conditions, temperatures reaching -17 degrees Celsius and snow storms along the way. The trip was to collect photos of how glaciers form in winter, and how ice forms. Finally, I visited three times last April and took photos of melting ice.

  • What preparations did you do before hunting photo for Chasing Ice?

Chasing Ice – for me is an extreme photography journey. I prepared myself by reading literature and browsing research results from National Geographic – James Balog with the EIS (Extreme Ice Survey) team. From there, I get information on shooting locations and what equipment to prepare. For cameras and lenses, I am supported by FujiFilm Indonesia. I need a reliable camera to shoot in extreme weather. I use Fujifilm XT1 and XE2, with various lenses, ranging from wide lenses (XF 10-24mm), fix, (XF 23mm and 35mm), to telephoto (XF 16-55mm, XF 55-140mm). Technically, I prepared how to shoot in very cold weather conditions, kept the camera ready for use, and produced the photos I expected. Other preparations are physical and mental, because I have never done this before.

  • What is the biggest challenge in this Chasing Ice project?

The biggest challenge is shooting in very extreme temperatures. One night, the temperature dropped to -17 degrees Celsius, and even in a very strong snowstorm, I had to take pictures. Apart from that, I really enjoyed my whole trip and taking my photos there.

  • Aurora is a sight that is only found in ice areas, any suggestions for photographing the aurora?

Aurora is present at night and has different light intensities. Taking a picture of the aurora is the same as photographing the Milky Way at night, namely using the long exposure technique. Regarding the camera settings, depending on the intensity of the light strength from the aurora. Advice when photographing the aurora: there are applications based on Android and iPhone, which can show the aurora forecast. Use a sturdy tripod and cable release to maintain the quality of the images produced.

  • Any future plans for the ‘Chasing Ice’ project?

‘Chasing Ice’ will be made into a coffee table book, containing more photos and information about ‘Chasing Ice’ journey. Now in the drafting stage.

  • Indonesia doesn’t have winter with ice, any suggestions for the first to shoot in an area like this in winter?

Physical preparation. Always fill your stomach to keep your body fit and always try to keep your body temperature warm by bringing the equipment you need. Other preparations are adequate cameras, lenses, and other supporting equipment, so that the quality of the photos produced is as we expect.

ABOUT IMAM TAUFIK SURYANEGARA This photographer who is usually called Taufik uses his spare time on weekends to hunt for photos. “I took the time to hunt for photos, exploring the natural beauty of Indonesia, such as its mountains, lakes, waterfalls and sea. Taufik has Open Water and Advanced Underwater Course certification. “In 2011, I planned to climb Rinjani, unfortunately the route was closed due to weather problems. I fill my time by learning to dive on Gili Trawangan. Since then I have been diving more often than climbing mountains. When taking the Advanced Underwater Course, there is underwater photography material. Diving while taking pictures has its own fun.” Imam Taufik’s photo works were also published in well-known airline in-flight magazines. He also often gives materials for photography workshops.

Source: Digital camera magazine Indonesia November 2016

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