Podcast: Wildfire Photography, with Mark Thiessen and Wine Country Camera

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Hosted by B&H Photo, the 2018 OPTIC Conference for Outdoor and Travel Photography was a wonderful opportunity to speak with a diverse group of great photographers, and we did just that. We sat down with a diverse mix of shooters, including Joyce Tenneson, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Keith Carter, and Sisse Brimberg. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will present these conversations, but today we start with National Geographic staff photographer Mark Thiessen, who, in addition to running the photo studio at NatGeo and shooting many stories for the magazine, has continued a twenty-year personal project on wildfires.

To know his subject better, to be safer, and to get closer to the action, Thiessen became a certified wildland firefighter and travels to active fires each year to photograph the fires, as well as the property destruction and human toll taken by these wildfires. We speak with Thiessen about his experiences, tools and techniques for photographing fires, and about his other work for National Geographic.

We also take a few minutes to catch up with Rod Clark, of Wine Country Camera. At OPTIC 2017, we spoke with Clark about the beautiful filter-holder system he developed, and now we find out how his company has grown since last year, and what Wine Country Camera has brought to the market.

Guests: Mark Thiessen and Rod Clark

Photograph by Mark Thiessen © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "Russian Smokejumpers" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "Russian Smokejumpers" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "Russian Smokejumpers" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "Russian Smokejumpers" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "Russian Smokejumpers" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke" © National Geographic
Photograph by Mark Thiessen, from "The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke" © National Geographic
Mark Thiessen on the B&H Photography Podcast © John Harris
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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves

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