Tim Banfield is a climbing photographer based out of Calgary, Alberta. He is intent on showcasing athletic determination by capturing unique locations and authentic mountain experiences without resorting to posed photos.
What camera did you shoot on?
The Canon camera that I am currently shooting on is the Canon 5d Mark IV. Previously a 5d Mark II which is now my backup / second body.
What inspires your photography?
My passion for climbing and creating images that are more documental. I enjoy creating images that are authentic and represent what it is like to be in the mountains, hopefully, inspiring others.
Are you purely a photographer or do you have other creative pursuits?
I’m a photographer, climber and realtor. Photography is my main creative pursuit, but climbing and real estate occupy most of my time.
Why did you choose photography over other creative mediums?
I started out shooting still photography and don’t currently have the time it takes to get into other mediums at the moment; it is definitely on my list of things to do along with a lot of other stuff!
How does your gear help you be a better photographer?
The upgrade from the Canon 5D mark II to the Canon 5D Mark IV made quite the difference in my work. Often in climbing photography, I am shooting in low light situations, and the improvement in ISO performance between the two bodies is significantly noticeable. While shooting climbing, there are often two things moving, the athlete and the photographer swinging around on a rope. Being able to work with higher ISOs allows me to increase the shutter speed so that my images come out sharper.
I recently picked up the Canon 11-24L as well. It has allowed me to capture the exposure of climbing with such a wide angle.
If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?
If I could go anywhere to shoot it would be Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. Ulvetanna is one of the largest walls on the planet at 1750m. Looking at others’ photos and seeing the spires sticking out of the glaciers looks amazing. Hopefully, it would warmer than normal when I visit and not the typical -20c. I’ve always wanted to see penguins too; I’d make sure to tag that onto this trip somehow.
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