Anthony Tancredi is an award winning Landscape, Macro and fine art nature photographer based in Queensland, Australia. Anthony specialises in capturing stunning land and seascapes as well as up close and personal views of the natural world.
The early years
While many photograhers have had a camera in hand since a very young age, I am somewhat different. Until the age of 16 I was probably even less photographically inclined than most. Our household owned your standard Kodak point and shoot (usually entrusted to my mother) that would be produced at family gatherings to capture those lovely cheesy smiles. Thinking back, I cant remember ever wanting to get my hands on it and the few times I did were so that my mother could appear in the photos.
During my high school years I was always fairly academically inclined. It wan’t until I was in year 10, at the age of 16, when we we were able to choose our first elective subject, that I discovered there was more to learning than the so called 3 R’s. When presented with a list of subjects and told to select one, I was initially lost. I had no idea what I wanted to do with this free subject. We were told that we should consider picking a subject that would help lead us into university on the career path we wanted. What? We were in year 10 and already having to consider our career path. I’m sure many people know what they want to do well before this time, but I had no idea. Even though I enjoyed school and performed well, it was more due to the way I was raised rather a desire to get myself on a career path!
So when my best friend at the time suggested we do photography so we could have a couple of easy periods each week, I agreed without further thought. If it helped prolong the fact that I needed to decide what I wanted to do with my life, then why not. I was only 16!
I still remember walking into that first lesson and seeing the schools art teacher at the head of the class. I didn’t quite understand why he was teaching photography until he produced a large black and white print by a former student and began talking about composition and tones. Hmmmm. It was a great photo, sure, but I had no idea what he talking about.
Growing up in a country town meant that the tools at the schools disposal were quite limited. We had access to a very simple black & white dark room and three cameras, 2 of which were pinholes! When we moved into the practical side of things we would all take turns at lining the pinhole cameras up and seeing what we could create.
Eventually we were introduced to the schools only SLR and I instantly knew that I wanted my own. Two weeks later I had exchanged my hard earned savings for a manual focus Zenit that weighed way too much. For the rest of the school year I tried everything I could, ranging from the straight forward to experiments with the science departments strobe lights. It was certainly the greatest class I had ever done.
Unfortunatly, photography was not available as a subject for our senior years so the Zenit went back into the bag and hasn’t been seen since.
In 2002, I decided to do some travelling around Europe. The thought of far off places revived the memories of photography and given the age and weight of the Zenit I decided to purchase a new Canon based system. The moment I mounted that first lens onto the body (an eos 30v film camera) I fell back in love.
Before long, I was looking for the next step and decided to move to a medium format RB67 Pro-S system. Having never used medium format before, the only thing I was expecting was a jump in image quailty. What I got however was a refresher course in the fundamentals! Being a fully manually system with none of the niceties of modern day SLR’s, I was forced to go back to the basics I had learnt years ago and think through every decision that was being made. This ventured proved to be the most dramatic step I would take on my photographic path in terms of improving the quality of my work.
Despite resisting digital for several years, the inherent flexibility eventually won out. While I still own and use the RB67, most of my work these days is shot using a full frame digital body. At about a third of the weight of the medium format system, this setup allows me to get to more places and shoot for longer. It also opens up a range of new opportunities, particularly in the macro world.
Anthony currently shoots with a full frame canon 5D digital SLR and an array of lenses.
For landscape work, Anthony’s preference in lenses are the 17-40L and 70-200L for their high image quality and light weight. He also uses a selection of neutral density filters, both solid and graduated, to help work with the available light, and mounts his camera on manfrotto tripods.
For macro work, Anthony’s preference are for the MPE-65 and 100mm macro lenses. The MPE-65 allows him to capture frame filling images of the tiniest subjects while the 100mm allows larger subjects to be captured in their surroundings. Most of his macro images are shot with the aid of a canon 430EXII speedlight mounted off camera and are shot handheld.