National Geographic Traveler magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall. To commemorate this milestone, we asked 12 of our longtime photographers to select their favorite images shot on assignment for Traveler throughout the past three decades.
Today, we hear from photographer John Kernick about two favorite images (above) shot on assignment for Traveler.
Workshop, Tuscany (left):
This was shot on assignment in Tuscany. It was getting late, I was walking up a narrow street, and I saw this chap working inside his shop. I stuck my head in and asked if he would mind me photographing as he worked. He just carried on as if I wasn’t there, busy with what he was doing. I like the light in this shot, a combination of natural and artificial which would have been different had I seen the shot 30 minutes later. Such a great environment too, everything white apart from him.
Photo Tip: Try to shoot in low light without the flash, especially when mixing daylight and interior lighting. Light coming in from behind a subject always makes the shot more interesting. Shot on medium format, Mamiya RZ at 2.8, and a slow shutter speed of about 1/30.
Garden, London (right):
This image was taken at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London while on assignment shooting a city guide. I just loved this lady’s smile and her bright yellow raincoat and hat. She was a volunteer at the gardens, and we chatted for a while before I asked to take her picture. Like a lot of people, she was slightly embarrassed by the request and it came out in this lovely smile.
Photo Tip: My main advice when photographing people would be to get to know your subject and get in close. I shot this image with a standard lens on a medium-format Mamiya RZ6x7, at a wide aperture.
See more of John Kernick’s work at JohnKernick.com.