Would you mind introducing yourself? My names Daniel Alford, I’m a Welsh travel and landscape photographer currently living in Cardiff.
How would you describe your style of photography? I try to keep it fairly simple, evocative and natural. Being a landscape photographer, moody weather works really well for me. I would say that my process when I’m in shooting is more opportunistic rather than methodical.
Daniel's Instagram - @danielalford_
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My love for photography began around 5 years ago, I bought a Pentax k1000 and started to learn the ropes. At the time photography was just a hobby, as the majority of my professional work was making videos. Photography slow but surely took over, and it was around 3 years ago my work started getting attention online which has led me to where I am now.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? It has to be when I was on a shoot in Greenland for a magazine called Ernest Journal, the whole experience was incredible. On the first night we saw the northern lights after an unusually hot day hiking in the sunshine. We would take boats everywhere through glassy fjords filled with huge icebergs and the occasional whale. On one occasion we circled a huge iceberg which must have been at least 6 stories tall as we waited for a piece of it to fall into the sea. Greenland is amazing, I would recommend it to anyone.
What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? The natural world has been a huge passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I’m a firm believer that outside is where we are supposed to be and I need that stimulation to keep me sane. I love documenting beautiful places and chasing amazing moments. Of course, part of the challenge and enjoyment is being in the right place at the right time, and being lucky enough to experience and capture something special. The best thing I figured I could do is to put myself in the way of beauty as much as possible. Apart from that, I would have to say that the output from the BBC Natural History Unit has been a constant source of inspiration in my life. It’s programs never fail to inspire and push the boundaries.
What kind of camera do you use? I use a Canon 6D with a 24-70mm 2.8, a Sigma 35mm 1.2 Art, and a 150-600mm for wildlife.
What is your editing process like? I use Abode Lightroom with a mix of my own presets. For social media, I use Afterlight to prepare my images for bordering and sharpening.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I guess I would say the same things I tell myself with my work. Try not to compare yourself to anyone else, everyone has a unique journey to where they have, although social media makes this challenging of course, but stay true to your work. Keep it simple, and create work that you would like to to see. Also get you there into nature as much as you can to take photographs and challenge yourself.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I like reading, cooking, yoga and playing football (or soccer depending on where you are).
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I’ve been really enjoying Sebastiäo Salgado’s work recently. There is a documentary out about his work too, I can’t recommend it enough.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? @ponygirl_, @annapurnauna, @dantom, @jamwrights, @ruairidhmcglynn, and @francisque_s.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? It has to be when summer fades into autumn. The colour change in the landscape and the quality of light is amazing if you get a clear day. Plus it's the start of the Aurora season.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands would a dream come true, as would be Antartica!