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IN THE LOUPE: Blaine Harrington III

Blaine Harrington III Blaine Harrington III

Office: Littleton, Colo.

Website: (agpix.com/bharrington.com)

Gear: Nikon F100 and F4 bodies, Nikkor 20-35, 35-70 and 80-200mm zooms; Nikon flash and Lumedynes; Bogen carbon fiber tripods.

Film: Primarily Fuji slide films, including Velvia, Velvia 100 and Provia 400.

Stock: Images from more than 50 countries, specializing in Europe, with a growing emphasis on Asia. Recent coverage: Greece, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Japan and the Rocky Mountain region of the United States.

Upcoming trips: Alaska. "Any places where you have midnight sun, it gets a bit kooky," he says. "You're always awake and can't afford to sleep or you'll miss a shot. You come into some port at four in the morning and the light is just happening — you hate to miss it!" Also, Costa Rica and British Columbia.

Pet peeves: 1) Adventure travelers who "want to shoot for the North Face company, and trade their services for sleeping bags." 2) When photographing a person, "it's very uncomfortable when another person comes along and says, ‘Oh, that's a great shot, I'll shoot it too.' . . . You're trying to get eye contact, and the eyes are going all over. Happens quite often."

Advice for travel photographers: Don't let the stock agencies dictate your style. "You can't just follow the latest trend," he says. "At various times things fall in and out of fashion." Also: "It takes some time to really see which [images] are the best of the bunch. You find which ones have common appeal to people, [but it] may be obvious only a few years later."

Favorite vacation spot: "There is no true vacation for a travel photographer."

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