Ian Evans at Ratagan

About Ian Evans

“I was born and educated in Liverpool but moved to the Scottish Highlands in 1981 and now live in the small Highland village of Invermoriston, some thirty miles south of Inverness on the banks of Loch Ness.

I have been an active mountaineer for nearly 50 years; an interest in mountains and photography, awakened in 1972, was inspired further by images published from the British Everest and American K2 Expeditions in 1975. This would subsequently encourage me to research, organise and then lead trekking, climbing and photographic expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India and Pakistan.

By 1986 I had established commercial relationships with several travel companies, including The Ultimate Travel Company (then known as ExplorAsia) and KE Adventure Travel, and for the next 20 years worked in the travel industry as a trekking consultant, professional trekking guide and expedition leader.

My written work, much of which related to travel in the Himalayan regions, accompanied by a significant amount of photography, appeared in the major climbing magazines of the 1980’s and 1990’s, namely The Great Outdoors, Climber and Hillwalker, Lakeland Walker, High and Trail Magazine. My images have also appeared high profile works by other writers, including ‘On Top of the World’ by John Cleare, ‘The Magic of the Munros’ and ‘The Call of The Corbetts’ by Irvine Butterfield, ‘Exploring the North-West of Scotland’ by Richard Gilbert and ‘Wilderness Walks’ by Cameron McNeish.

Between 1975 and 1989, I used Olympus OM 35mm system cameras and lenses because they were light and compact, proving to be very reliable cameras and perfect for the conditions in the Himalaya with its extremes of temperature and altitude. I moved to medium format in 1988, initially using a Fuji 645 for the same reasons of light weight and convenience. Several different systems and cameras were to follow including, in 1999, the specialist panoramic Fuji GX617 which was an excellent, new and captivating format for a now rapidly expanding portfolio.

I was one of the first outdoor photographers to identify the benefits of working in digital format, inclined towards this medium as soon as the technology had advanced enough to produce images of acceptable quality and proven as a practical alternative to film for the professional photographer working in the outdoors, particularly at high altitudes. I have worked entirely in digital format since 2003.”

Equipment used by Ian Evans (October 2019) :

Nikon D850 Camera
Nikon D7200 Camera
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24mm f1.8 G ED Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f1.8 G Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G ED VRII Lens
Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM (Art) Lens
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f2.8-4 ED VR Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Series 3 Systematic Tripod
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod
RRS BH-55 Full Size Ballhead
RRS PC-PRO Round Screw-knob Panning Clamp
RRS BD850-L Plate for Nikon D850
RRS BD7100-L Plate for Nikon D7200
LEE Soft ND Graduated Filters, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
LEE Circular Polarising Filter
LEE Big Stopper Neutral Density Filter
LEE Little Stopper Neutral Density Filter

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2018
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

Ian Evans on Stac Pollaidh
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