Erez Marom

DPReview Contributor
Lives in Israel Israel
Has a website at www.erezmarom.com
Joined on Sep 5, 2010

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Johnny420: The main advantage for me shooting in helo's is not the improved field of view having the doors off lends, it's getting the bloody Plexiglas out of the way. It kills contrast and has reflections that mar the shot.

@jdc562, in all light planes I've shot from either there wasn't an option to shoot open door or the pilot wouldn't agree to do it. I've heard similar things from friends.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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scottfc: It would have been fair to specify how much more a helicopter is than a plane.
I my area, southern Oregon, a helicopter costs $900/hour, but a Cessna 172 is "only" $120 to rent. I'm a private pilot and thus can't make a profit, but if you buy me lunch (don't tell the FAA) I might take you up just for fun and we would split the rental cost, so it would only cost you $60. I doubt that'll happen with a copter. But even if you don't have a pilot friend, maybe the Cessna pilot will charge $150/hour.
The point is, helicopter rental may be ideal, but it's too expensive for most people unless they're a commercial photographer. So I suppose the helicopter is for the Leica crowd, and the Cessna is for Canon/Nikon?

You write as if all aircraft are possible in every location. This is definitely not the situation. Prices are also VERY different to what you've specified in some of the locations I've visited, and only quite different in others.
Regarding the monetary cost - to each his own. For me it's been very worth it. To others it would've been ridiculously expensive. That's not really the point here.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 15:18 UTC
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ales82: There is one kind of aerial photography which is actually free and easy to do!!! Simply finding a high elevation point with a steep slope towards the area you want to capture and then using maybe a short telephoto...

That's nice too but isn't aerial photography.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 14:41 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I would like to point out however that Holuhraun (the volcano) Erez photographed was done illegally, the police & authorities put a no fly zone ban within 10-20km radius from the eruption.

Thus Erez has violated not only Icelandic law but endangered other people. This has already been brought to attention to the authorities who are now investigating.

There is already one helicopter pilot who is facing charges along with several people who travelled in trucks & this can get you 2 years of jailtime if not up to five years. Please respect the LAWS that are in place in the country you visit.

You are a great landscape photographer but that does NOT make you above the law.

You are wrong on many levels, and I have to say insinuating that I'd do something illegal and then write an article about it is quite insulting. I'll answer you anyway, in the hope that my answer will deter you from falsely accusing people in the future.
No lying was involved. Not only news people were allowed in. Some of my Icelandic photographer friends were allowed in without any problem on their merits alone, and I was let in due to a letter of intent from NG, with whom I was involved in a book several months before.
The blockaded zone's border was wayyy too far to feel or even smell anything. I'm talking tens of km if not more.
Upon reaching 1.5 km from the eruption itself I could smell it a bit, but generally it wasn't much, and very far from nauseating. I hope this settles your doubts.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 09:46 UTC
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HGFGKM: A much less expensive and (to my opinion) equally satisfying approach to aerial photography is to always ask for a window seat and away from the wings when you travel by plane. It does not always work, what with clouds, haze, the sun against the view....etc. But, when it works, there are many spectacular landscapes to take pictures, especially when traveling over the Rockies and over the Arizona Nevada area. Surprisingly, the small sensor cameras are as good as the more expensive ones. I always try not to miss any such opportunity.

Nothing wrong with this type of photography, it's just not the type discussed in this series.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 08:27 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I would like to point out however that Holuhraun (the volcano) Erez photographed was done illegally, the police & authorities put a no fly zone ban within 10-20km radius from the eruption.

Thus Erez has violated not only Icelandic law but endangered other people. This has already been brought to attention to the authorities who are now investigating.

There is already one helicopter pilot who is facing charges along with several people who travelled in trucks & this can get you 2 years of jailtime if not up to five years. Please respect the LAWS that are in place in the country you visit.

You are a great landscape photographer but that does NOT make you above the law.

I appreciate your concern, but you're simply wrong. The pilot facing charges was one who landed illegally. There were helis and planes flying over the eruption for months on end with police presence all around - do you really think they wouldn't be stopped if this were illegal?
In addition I had an official entry permit to the eruption site.
I wish people would think before they accuse.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 08:26 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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sdh: Beautiful photos, excellent work!
I'm curious about something. I assume you look for scenes where the snow doesn't have signs of human traffic. When you snowshoe or skin through places like this, do you strategize your route so that your own track doesn't clutter potential scenes, or do you just go "wherever" and only look forward left & right for the best compositions?
Thanks for presenting! I also appreciated the accompanying comments.

Thank you sdh,
it really depends. Sometimes you have a lot of footprints to begin with so it doesn't matter much where you go. But if the snow is pristine I do my best not to ruin it for others. Usually there aren't that many people around in high winter though, so often you need to make your own routes to get to a composition.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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Requin: How did you protect your gear from the coldness. Most "freeze proof" equipment goes up to -10 degrees Celcius. Don't you risk your gear going there in cold weather? I live in Finland and have broken a sensor already.

I haven't had any such problems, to be honest. I've shot in -20 and the cameras performed well.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 11:40 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: Lovely work as alway, Erez. Thanks for this! Lovely sunbursts by the way. One of the new Canon 24-70s?

If I'm not mistaken it's the f/4. The f/2.8 has a different sun star.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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Rishi Sanyal: Lovely work as alway, Erez. Thanks for this! Lovely sunbursts by the way. One of the new Canon 24-70s?

Nope, sorry :)
Tamron 24-70mm and Canon 16-35mm.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 22:38 UTC
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (67 comments in total)
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Lan: Erez; you've just added yet another place to my "to do" list. Not sure whether I should thank you for that ;) Great shots though!

As a matter of interest, why didn't you lead off with the volcano or hot springs shots? Or the camels? I know it must be difficult to choose...

I favour my volcano shots, so I'd probably have gone with those; as they're something that relatively few photographers have in their image stockpile.

Thanks Lan!
I guess I wanted to save the best for last, but perhaps you're right and I should've started with those :)

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 13:30 UTC
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)
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Erez Marom: I'd like to see the (reportedly terrible) coma issue looked at, particularly with night photography (stars in the edges of the frame).

the thing is, you buy this lens to shoot at f/1.4 ...

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)

I'd like to see the (reportedly terrible) coma issue looked at, particularly with night photography (stars in the edges of the frame).

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 20:11 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (67 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Lovely images Erez! As a geoscientist, I know quite a few people that have visited the Danakil depression, but seeing good pictures of this otherworldy place never gets old. I particularly liked Erta Ale with the starry background - amazing how well the Orion nebula shines through the glare! And Dallol with it's acid hot springs is as captivating as ever. I heard from a friend visiting Dallol two months ago that the level of the springs is extremely low after prolonged droughts - hopefully there'll be some rain soon! (both for this natural wonder and the inhabitants of the region...)

Thank you Greg, I hope so too (mostly for the people there but also for the photographers sake!)

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (67 comments in total)
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alcaher: Hell on earth but heaven for photography... Great work!
Usually your travel seems to be very cold places, but this seems to be the extreme oposite

Thank you alcaher,
I guess I'm drawn to extreme environments, either cold or hot. Just not the boring stuff in the middle ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (67 comments in total)
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backayonder: You should come to Australia

I hope to come one day, hopefully soon :)

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
On article Hell on Earth: Shooting in the Danakil Depression (67 comments in total)
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Westkip: "Hyperbole" ends with an 'E' not a 'Y'.

Stunning views though: Be a long time before this place is overcome by tourism. The camel caravan is one of the most evocative shots I've ever seen.

Thanks Westkip, I'm glad to know you liked the images.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)
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fmian: Thanks for the detailed insight into how you shoot and process.

In regards to the composition, and I realise this is just my opinion but it's the first thing I noticed....

...I don't think the rocks at the bottom add anything, but rather they detract from the image by being in shadows, taking up space and not really being anything interesting to look at. The idea that they add to the flow of composition by following a similar path as the mountains is not something I feel. The water reflection of the mountains just above the rocks is what creates flow/balance in that portion of the image.

IMO it would be better off cropped.

I obviously disagree, but you're entitled to your opinion. I'm glad you've enjoyed the article!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 15:21 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)
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Bill Leigh Brewer: Hi Erez-Thanks for the great article. I loved the image, but I'm really grateful for your generosity with your Lightroom/Photoshop techniques. One question: Why do you save your image in sRGB at the end instead of Adobe RGB?

Thanks Bill,
I do everything in RGB. the sRGB is purely for internet use.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Prince of the Night (85 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Oh my, it's time to lose that Canon 16-35! I can even see the COMA in the ~700 pixel version.

Hopefully Rokinon has a 16mm f/2.8 on the way with filter threads. (To differentiate from the already great Rokinon 14)

Yeah, results are technically less than perfect. But it's the old 16-35 and I've since gotten the new f/4. I didn't bring the 14/2.8 because I was hiking a lot and preferred to stay light.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 17:06 UTC
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