Duane Pandorf – Pilot & Photographer

Hi everyone, just a quick update this morning. I like to check out the ‘In your bag‘ updates on Bellamy’s Japan Camera Hunter photography blog from time to time. Everyone knows photography is about the gear you own (more on that in my next update) rather than the pics you capture. 🙂 Not quite true but it seems to go hand in hand that photographers, even us ‘wanna be / hobbyist’ ones, love looking at other people’s gear. I’m sure part of it is bragging but I like to think it’s more of a mutual ‘check this sh*t out’ kinda vibe.

This morning I came across a fairly basic write up of a bag (and gear) belonging to a pilot name Duane. He had the seemingly required Leica range finder camera (I say this with an air of jealousy) and his short introduction discussed his flight schedule and his opportunities to take pics all over the world. Sounds like a pretty cool life huh?

At the bottom of the write up the writer normally has a few links to pieces they’ve done, blogs and websites etc. At the bottom of Duane’s write up was a link to his blog; blog.duanepandorf.com. I dropped over to check out his site and came across some truly beautiful photography. A lot of it might just appear like ‘snap shots’ until you spend a bit of time looking at them and realise how balanced and controlled they are. Duane has managed to, successfully, capture ordinary parts of his life and make them really pop. The combination of the Leica’s tonal range and the photographer’s eye for angles come together in a way I, personally, really appreciate. I particularly like Duane’s industrial black & white shots of the engine and of the cockpit’s nav system.

If you have a couple minutes spare go and check out some of Duane’s art.

More to explore

Golf Shoot – Burapha 26.01.2020

I get to do a lot of Golf photography. One of my clients runs professional golf tournaments for international schools and I get called along to shoot regularly. Going to a new course, for me, is a great opportunity. It’s always refreshing to play with a new back drop. And what a great change of location it was too.

A Day in Nagoya, Japan

When your wife asks if you’d like to join her on a work flight to Nagoya, even if only for 24 hours, you go. Anyone who even pretends to know anything about me knows that I absolutely adore spending time in Japan. It’s just such a nice place that is so different to the hustle & bustle that is life in Bangkok.

Stylized Photo Editing – Do you have a look?

Many people often comment that the hardest thing they strive to do as a photographer is to create a feel; a signature look for their shots. I also wish I knew what mine was but I’m not so sure that’s a thing.