Photographer Feature: River King

  By Evelyn Drake

One of the best things about working at The Camera Store is getting to see such an incredible range of work from photographers across the country. We love to see what our customers are up to. River King from Vancouver BC, is one of our regular online customers, with a great eye for landscape photography. His passion for capturing destinations is clear in the vast range of scenery he photographs.

River believes that photography is a very self-rewarding art form. He says, “it naturally gives me the inspiration to keep shooting.” His most memorable photography experience was last summer’s Total Solar Eclipse. “It was such a powerful natural event. The experience was so incredible and stayed with me for months after.”

If he had the opportunity to go back to photograph a destination one more time, he would head back to a place called False Kiva in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.  “It was not easy to find, and I was lost at first.  By the time I got there, I only had 20 minutes to photograph before darkness fell. The shoot had to be rushed.”

If he had one piece of advice for new photographers, it would be, “don’t expect the best photo out of your first trip. Always plan a second trip to the same place you photographed.” He just recently started exploring street photography. “I just started (street photography) on my last trip to New York City. I have also shot a few in trips to Vietnam and Thailand. I enjoy capturing the feeling, culture, and faces of each location.”

River’s favourite photograph: 
“I shot this when camping at a beach in Northern California during a road trip to Los Angeles via Pacific Highway 101.  I was very lucky with the timing as the moon was setting quickly.”

What River packs in his camera bag:
“When traveling by car, I pack a full bag with two camera bodies and four lenses including a Sony A7RIII & A7RII;  Sony 24-70 & 70-200 GM lens, 16-35/F4, and Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8;  Gitzo G1228 MK2 Tripod; DJI Phantom 4 Pro.

When traveling by air, I pack a Sony A7R III, Sony 24-70/70-200 GM, 16-35 F4, Gitzo GT1544T and DJI Mavic Pro.

The strangest item I always pack in my camera bag is a small hand soap. I always bring it with me, just in case I need to wash my hands before changing my contact lenses.”

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Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.