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Johan Lolos

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Travel & Documentary | Speaker | Toyota 4x4 Ambassador Also @johanlolos @lolosjohan Stories over bangers 🆕 Calendars, Prints, Books 🔻

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Simplicity.  One of the nice things about the last month I spent working on my printshop is that I found old unpublished photos I had totally forgotten about, like this one that I took on my very first time in Iceland, almost 4 years ago.  If you want to enjoy -20% discount on all prints, the launch offer ends tomorrow. Just use code LOVE at checkout. Free shipping worldwide :)
Friends! Many of you have been supporting me for years now by ordering my annual wall calendar. For some reasons, I didn't release one last year (sorry for those who missed it, the house renovations kept me too busy), but thought I'd bring back what has been an annual tradition for 6 years now :) . The first batch of orders will be shipped in a couple of days, so if you want to make sure you get your calendar on time for Christmas, now is the best time to order it. Did I mention I'm also offering free shipping to anywhere in Belgium? :) . Last but not least, I’ve finally released my printshop! So if you’re after a fine art print for your home or office, or if you’re running out of gift ideas for the holidays, then check out my selection of prints, as I'm offering a 20% discount and free worldwide shipping this week only as a launch offer for my new webshop. . Again, THANK YOU for your support! . Link to the webshop in bio :) https://shop.johanlolos.com . Cheers!
Planet eARTh.  I took those images last May, during an epic flight with @volcanopilot, and for some reason I never shared any of the 600 images I brought back from that day.  I’ve been working nights and days on my laptop for the last couple of weeks, but barely found the time to edit any photos though. I’ll soon finally be able to share with you what I’ve been up to.  Browsing through that photo session felt incredibly refreshing, and after a few weeks at home, I’m seriously starting to get itchy feet!
As a travel photographer, what really drives me is to document and explore other people’s passions. Then only, all filters suddenly diseappear and the people I meet and photograph truly open their heart to me.  Here’s a short series that I took last month in Morocco for @Montblanc Explorer, a fragrance that inspires to be driven by his passion.  #montblancfragrances #ad #commissionedwork #travel #morocco #passion
I have some exciting new stuff and projects coming up in the next few days. I’ve been working on all of that for the last week and I’m so excited to share this with you all soon! So definitely keep an eye on this place!  In the meantime, for y’all interested in an epic safari workshop, there are still a couple of spots available. Hit the link in bio to know more. I’m bringing 6 of you with @georgetheexplorer and I to Kenya’s Maasai Mara next March, and let me tell you already that it’s going to be a trip you won’t forget.  Talk soon!
ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW PHOTO WORKSHOP!! KENYA 2020.  If you have been following my recent adventures, you know that I spent last summer road tripping across South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Two months of great joy, mainly focusing on spending as much time as I could with the wildlife. A trip of a lifetime that truly changed my life and vision of photography.  This is why, my good friend + professional wildlife photographer @georgetheexplorer and I have teamed up to offer a super exclusive 6-day adventure next March in George’s favorite place in Kenya: the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a private reserve in the Maasai Mara.  We’ll stay in an @asiliaafrica luxury bush camp, and we’ll go out every day on multiple safari in private vehicles with no more than 3 guests in it.  The workshop is actually almost sold out already, there are just 2 spots left. We’re offering an early bird price of 4,200€ (instead of 4,700€) until November 15.  This workshop WILL sell out, so if you’re interested to join us and learn all we know about photography and how to bring back home those incredible wildlife images, just have a look at my website - link in bio / swipe up in the stories - and apply fast.  Tl;dr: • March 16-21, 2020 • 6-day safari photo workshop in Kenya’s Maasai Mara • Up to 6 participants, 3 max per vehicle • Asilia Africa’s Encounter Mara luxury bush camp • Everything is included in the price, minus international flights, visa, insurance and gratuities.
Memory from Paris.  #ad. Last September, along with 9 other explorers, I was invited in Paris by @Montblanc Fragrances to become one of the 10 new global ambassadors of the brand.  During those 3 days spent in the French capital, it was mainly about getting to know each other, catch up with old friends or finally get to meet up guys who had been inspiring me for a long time or guys I've been following since the early days of Instagram, like my friend @jarradseng (who took some of those BTS photos). It took us 6 years to finally meet in person!  As part of our new mission as ambassadors, we've all been asked what it means to us to leave our mark in 2019. As a photographer, leaving a mark with my work and images is obviously something that is important to me. Publishing my first book was a real milestone in my career, yet it was one of the most difficult tasks I've ever had to do. Of course I hope to achieve more major milestones like this in the future, by pushing my limits again and again, but to me, leaving my mark in 2019 comes first with a big responsibility. Whether you want it or not, every one leaves a mark nowadays. Doing so in an environmental friendly way, or at least trying the best you can, shouldn't be a choice but a necessity in today's major environmental crisis the world is facing. This is what leaving my mark really means to me in 2019.  Anyway, I'm super stoked to be part of this new #montblancfragrances family and truly honoured to have been chosen by prestigious brand Montblanc as one of its ten new ambassadors!
Recently, @huaweimobilefr challenged me to take photos on my #huaweip30pro using Pro Mode, in order to show you guys how useful it can be.  Allowing me to manually choose the shutter speed and the ISO for my exposition, I thought a picture would say more than words.  I’m not a big fan of long exposure shots, yet sometimes I find them to be helpful. This is what I did on this image, taken at the famous Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland. It was during blue hour, the sun hadn’t risen yet, so it was the perfect time to take a long exposure shot.  ISO 100, 2 second exposure, and that’s it.  I then edited the photo directly on my phone, taking advantage of the RAW file that Pro mode allows. As you can see if you swipe left, I was able to get all those highlight details in the sky back, which I probably wouldn’t have if I had used the normal mode :) #huaweishot #ad
Painted dunes of Namibia.  Gosh, this place is such a dream, it doesn’t even look real.  Shot on @lexarmemory  #lexarambassador #shotonlexar
Things are getting busy for me at this time of the year, as usual, and it’s hard to find time to edit some photos from past trips.  Because of that, I tend to forget what I recently photographed. So every time I go through old photos, one of my biggest joys is to actually fall in love again with some amazing sceneries I had to chance to witness in real, like this S shaped dune at sunrise, in Namibia.  Looking forward to sharing more with you soon. I literally have thousands of images sitting on a hard drive, that only wish to be shared to the world.  On another note, I’m seriously considering hiring interns for 2020, so if you feel like this might be a good fit for you in your training, don’t hesitate to send me an email ✌🏻
Morning fog is nothing but cotton candy for photographers.  #theratelafricatour
Back to some images from Africa!  Here’s a favorite of mine taken just after sunset, on a full moon evening in Northern South Africa. On our way back to the camp we stumbled upon this big male lion. Although I had taken photographs of big cats all day long, I just couldn’t help myself but stop for another few minutes, and get this shot of the lion aligned with the rising full moon.  Hope you’ll like it as much as I do :) Shot on @lexarmemory #shotonlexar #lexarambassador