Journey Through Java by Mitchell Kanashkevich – ebook review

Journey Through Java by Mitchell Kanashkevich

Travel photographers frequently discover themselves in interesting dilemmas when preparing for overseas trips to far away locations? Among these will be the unknown, ranging from potential communication skills to unfamiliarity with the geography and regional traditions. How will I move around? Where will I stay? From a camera equipment perspective unknowns surface as well; how many cameras do i need to take? how many lenses & what types? flash units, tripods? 

Each and every professional photographer possesses a different way of coping with this and each destination features a unique number of complex requirements. Often we do not discover if we were really properly prepared until it’s far too late and the trip has begun but trip planning can reduce the potential for problems developing and open up the region after your arrival. 

Mitchell Kanashkevich’s Journey Through Java, the 5th book published by Craft and Vision within their The Print and The Process Series details some of these fundamental judgements that need to be made. 

Journey Through Java by Mitchell Kanashkevich

Journey Through Java by Mitchell Kanashkevich

Journey through Java is superbly illustrated in a manner that only a professional photographer completely in touch with his/her environment can accomplish. Mitchell talks about his travel preparations in greater detail beginning with a desire to apply himself to mastering some Bahasa Indonesia, the recognized language of Indonesia, so as to obtain access and connect with the nation as well as its’ people. While taking on this challenge for many people could be challenging it is precisely what made much of his photographic essay achievable. 

Not getting burdened down by gear is essential for Mitchell and shows that becoming part of the travelling experience and tradition is much more significant than the tools that we bring. Mitchell took a Canon 5D, Canon 24-70mm lens along with a 20mm f/1.8 Sigma lens. A Canon 580EXII flash with the Canon infrared receiver completed the kit with a tripod obtained towards the end of the journey. As Mitchell frequently travels with his partner he had an extra Canon camera & longer zoom lens available as well when needed, a true bonus. Having traveled extensively myself I can highly recommend reading this chapter and paying attention to the “less is more” concept. Nothing’s more unpleasant than becoming burdened down by your equipment. 

Mitchell’s creative ideas and the stories behind the photos are a true inspiration for any traveller  as well as the traveller  with digital camera  in tow. Prior to  heading out  on your  next journey  do yourself a favour  and purchase a copy of this exceptional  e book. At only $5 USD it will be the least expensive part of your trip. The most expensive part? After viewing Mitchell’s photos you will end up longing for a trip to Java.

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