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One of my favourite collection from Raylen's works are the photographs taken in Iceland over two trips. The silk-like river, the origami-like ice form together with the calming colours of blue, brown and grey creates a sense of ethereal and solitude; a stark contrast to our bustling, colourful city life.
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Wanderlust: Raylen Photography

19 Jan Wanderlust: Raylen Photography

Ever felt like travelling after looking at photographs posted by your friends on Facebook? My friend, Renny Toh of Raylen Photography sure makes me feel a sense of wanderlust whenever he posts images from (yet another) recent trips of his.

Being a highly humble introvert, Renny, a self-taught photographer who has not been out promoting himself much, is a photography geek to note as he takes Shutterstock-worthy landscape photographs. Having spent four years studying in Australia, University of New South Wales, the ex-UNSW Photoclub Vice President has siblings who studied in UK and US and a father working in Malaysia. This means lots of travelling opportunities around the world and lots of photography road trips each year for us to envy!

 

Keep looking, and keep shooting. Check the weather. Go off the beaten track (carefully!). Do lots and lots of planning, but always be ready to move, because you never know exactly when or where a great shot may happen.

 

One of my favourite collection from his works are the photographs taken in Iceland over two trips. The silk-like river, the origami-like ice form together with the calming colours of blue, brown and grey creates a sense of ethereal and solitude; a stark contrast to our bustling, colourful city life.  I spoke to Renny and he was delighted to share some tips and his thoughts on landscape photography.

 

Why did you pick up photography? Why landscape photography specifically?

I’ve always loved travelling and visiting different places. Picking up photography helped me to be able to capture part of that experience, and keep it for a longer time. I’ve always loved Geography since I was little, always wanting to read and learn more about mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, etc. As a result, I have a marked preference for travelling to locations with such natural beauty. Landscape photography was a natural expansion of that love.

 

What do you look for when you take a photograph?

For me, photography is often part of experiencing a location when I travel. So when I capture a scene, I hope to convey enough of a feeling that allows you to imagine what it’s like to be in a location without being there.

 

What was the longest time you spend at a location to get a shot you want?

Most of my photography has been done on trips with my family, rather than trips planned for photography, so I don’t often have much time at each location. But when I do have the time, probably an hour or two, when I am shooting a location in the evening hours, as I would want to try to capture the changing light conditions.

It’s either that or going to the same location over multiple days just to get different lighting/weather.

 

Any landscape or travel photographers that you particularly like?

Jonathan Danker and Ren Hui Yoong are two Singaporean landscape photographers whose work I’ve admired for quite a long time. There are quite a number of others of course, but these two are my favourites.

There are also a lot of international landscape photographers who I like. Everlook Photography, Colby Brown Photography, and Matt Lauder Gallery are just a few from amongst that large number.

 

Some advice for landscape photography?

Keep looking, and keep shooting. Check the weather. Go off the beaten track (carefully!). Do lots and lots of planning, but always be ready to move, because you never know exactly when or where a great shot may happen.

 

More Photographs on his Facebook, and New Site

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