Hi, my name is Tomas Havel. I am a landscape and travel photographer from the Czech Republic. I try to capture the most beautiful sceneries on our planet and motivate people to enjoy the natural beauty and discover new places with respect for nature.
Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by art and I was constantly creating something. I always wanted to be an architect or a painter.
I have spent most of my free time in nature and on the road. It turned out that I really liked the combination of being able to do something creative and being high in the mountains or deep in the forest (see forest photography tips here).
I discovered a true love for photography during my first trip to Northern Norway.
Now I am completely in love with the Sony mirrorless system and I truly believe it to be the best system available for my travels.
Gear I use for my travels
As a travel photographer, I always try to find a balance between weight, affordability, and quality.
This camera combines amazing flexibility with a stunning dynamic range and delivers impeccable images.
I need to produce high-resolution images for commercial projects. This full-frame with 42.4Mp CMOS sensor offers larger formats if needed for my prints and other work.
I also love its 4K S-Log recording at 100Mbps. It’s a small powerful tool at a reasonable price which feels well-built and confident in your hands.
Second body – Canon EOS 6D. Older but still a very good camera for my astrophotography and time-lapses while I am using my Sony.
I use this lens for almost 80% of my landscapes. I use my old Canon lenses alongside the Sony A7R II mirrorless camera. The adapter Sigma MC-11 certainly seems to do an incredible job on a7 II–series cameras as they do on native Canon DSLRs.
For a long time, I’ve been using this lens and I literally fell in love with its features; this lens makes such an amazing sun star effect and brilliant sharpening.
Usually, I have 1-2 lenses in my bag. I don’t need more.
Versatility. The perfect companion to any situation. I use this lens especially when I need more different images during a short moment without the need to constantly change the lens.
A telephoto lens for wildlife and details in nature. It is super heavy, but I absolutely adore the image quality. Therefore this lens often stays home when I plan to make a longer trek to the mountains.
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I use this lens only for astrophotography.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – I love the fancy new Hasselblad camera and large 1-inch sensor giving it the ability to take awesome photos and videos. Mavic 2 Pro is perfect for travel photographers. It’s super easy to pack and ideal for creating professional images.
There is no one best camera bag for every assignment. I carry Peak Design Travel Backpack (45l) + Camera Cube M for most of my shorter travels. I love that the bag is the right size for cabin baggage.
In the mountains, I carry Osprey Aether AG 70 for multi-day and more challenging treks.[👉 Related: Peak Design Travel Backpack Review]
I love the compact size and incredible quality it produces. You can carry it everywhere you go. GoPro’s new “Hypersmooth” image stabilization feature is insane.
Equipment for editing and storage
Lacie 2TB Rugged Hard Drive – Thunderbolt USB-C
Wacom Intuos Wireless Graphic Tablet (Medium)