I am Florian and I am a hobby photographer based in Germany. This website is dealing as my creative playground and to showcase some of my photographs.
I am especially fascinated by all kinds of nature and landscape photography. For me personally, photographing the outdoors is adventure and my way to relax the mind. By taking photographs I make the most of my time spent outdoors and I capture some great memories.
About my Creative Vision
My interest in photography started a couple of years ago when I had stumbled across some fine art landscape images on the internet for the first time. I had then bought my first ever camera and started in my neighborhood working on the basic crafts of photography. Although I am using more advanced techniques and equipment on location and in the digital darkroom today, there is still so much more to learn and explore within the art of photography. My passion for photography is growing constantly and I am doing my best to improve my photographic skills with any given opportunity.
Being at the right place at the right time and also having desirable conditions requires preparation and a good portion of luck. Capturing an interesting mood or moment is a big challenge and part of the adventure exploring the outdoors. Although I usually don't come home with a special picture I enjoy the time spent with my camera.
While I had started with photographing the big classic vistas I am getting more and more interested in minimal and intimate landscape scenes created by contrast, colors, textures, lines, shapes and a well-thought out composition. Creating an appealing and strong image using such elements demands a lot more effort, creativity and time scouting than photographing the obvious scenes.
Post-processing is an important part of my workflow. Images taken as digital negatives (RAW) always require some degree of processing on the computer. The challenge is to obtain a natural and well balanced look by applying subtle and selective changes. However, I like to work on different styles with new techniques learned. I frequently reprocess my favorite shots to progressively approach my artistic vision. I don't care much about the discussion for or against processing since it is part of my creative process.
I am not investing a lot of time dealing with photography technology and gear since I am simply not interested in the technical details and discussions around it. Instead I prefer to invest my time available in learning about composition and light as well as scouting new locations and revisiting familiar ones.
My camera of choice is a Nikon APS-C format DSLR. In order to work on intimate landscape scenes I have extended my lens collection by a 70-200mm tele photo lens offering new perspectives and creative possibilities. Besides zoom lenses you will usually find a tripod, a polarizing filter, a neutral density filter as well as a cable release included in my backpack.
There are many good camera bodies available, no matter what system, format or brand you may choose. Today the camera body won't do much of a difference in terms of image quality. Instead I suggest to invest your budget in good glas and in a solid and lightweight tripod. You will need a camera setup fitting your personal needs and style of photography. This might take some time practicing to figure out for yourself. Right now the industry pushes on mirrorless systems. If you have not chosen your system already that might be worth checking out. By now I still prefer to have an optical viewfinder and I also like the ergonomics and robustness of my DSLR making it most comfortable for me to use no matter the conditions.
About finding Inspiration
My photography is inspired and influenced by landscape photographers from around the world who are famous on social media and photography communities these days.
Besides hiking, taking photographs and editing images I also like watching other people go hiking, taking photographs and editing images :) If you are interested in landscape photography and you are looking for inspiration, I would recommend to check out the following YouTube channels: