Most of the images on this website were captured with a Canon 5D MkII EOS digital SLR camera. In 2018 I added an Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII to my kit and have used this much lighter camera on recent multi-day hikes. Most of the images were captured during the ‘golden hours’ around dawn and dusk to take advantage of the rich colours and even lighting that these times of day bring. I always use a tripod and remote shutter-release.
I routinely use a circular polarising filter to reduce glare on water and wet foliage, and neutral density filters to extend exposure times for motion-blur effects. To balance the exposure between foreground and sky, I bracket exposures and manually blend them together in Photoshop. This means extra time at the computer but I feel it often produces superior results to ND grads, particularly when there is a complex horizon broken by trees or hills.
All of my images are captured as RAW files and then processed in SilkyPix Pro and Photoshop to balance exposures, restore colours and contrast and to add sharpness. Photographic software is an essential part of digital photography - my primary aim with processing is to restore the dynamic range of light values that our eyes can see but the camera cannot adequately capture in a single image. I don't insert alternative skies or other features that were not present when the image was captured, but I sometimes remove minor distracting elements (eg. twigs poking into frame) using the clone tool. Every photographer must decide how far they are comfortable in pushing reality when it comes to processing and I don't decry those who take a more creative or artistic approach. But I am personally most satisfied with an image that is an honest representation of the scene as I experienced it.
My current setup for landscape photography includes.
Cameras: Canon 5d MkII EOS digital camera
Olympus OMD-EM5 MkII
Lenses: Canon L series 17-40mm F4.0
Canon L series 70-200mm F4.0
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Tripods: Sirui W-1204 (for the Canon)
Sirui T-025X (for the Olympus)
Filters: Cokin Z-pro neutral density
Hoya Pro1-D circular polariser