I am Florian Hagemann and I am a hobby photographer living in Munich, Germany. This website is dealing as my creative playground and to showcase my favorite photographs.
For me personally, photography is adventure and my way to relax the mind. I am especially fascinated by all kinds of nature and landscape photography. I love being outdoors and by taking photographs I make the most of these moments and I take some memories with me.
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 stated 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 whenever there is an opportunity for taking pictures.
Being at the right spot at the right time and having desirable conditions requires preparation and always a good portion of luck with limited time available. 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 on the photo opportunities that appear on my way.
My photography is inspired and influenced by landscape photographers from around the world who are famous on social media and photography communities these days. I am lucky that I have already taken images in some of the most popular places in the Alpine region and elsewhere around Europe and I enjoy comparing how different people approached the same scenes.
I am getting more and more interested in minimal and intimate landscape scenes created by colors, textures, patterns and clever compositions. Nowadays I like to photograph a characterful tree in the fog. I enjoy the graphic quality and abstract look and feel of random branches against a contrasty sky or the symmetries and details found in a single fallen leaf. Creating appealing and strong images using these kinds of elements demand even more effort, creativity and time scouting than photographing the reflection of a famous mountain in the lake. I hope to develop a better eye for those unique and more simple compositions in the future - although I will always photograph the reflection of that mountain...
Post-processing is an important part of my workflow. Taking images in RAW format (digital negative) with a modern camera requires some degree of processing on the computer. The challenge is to obtain a natural and balanced look by applying subtle and selective changes.
My creative style and skills are continuously developing and changing 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 invest my time 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. During the last year or so I have taken less wide angle images. As described above I have become more interested in minimal and intimate landscape scenes and I have therefore extended my lens collection by a 70-200mm tele photo lens. Combined with the crop factor which comes with the APS-C format sensor this lens offers new perspectives and creative possibilities. Besides 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 of practice 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. I prefer to have an optical viewfinder and I also I like the ergonomics and robustness of my DSLR making it most comfortable for me to use no matter the conditions.
Besides hiking, taking photographs and editing images I also like watching other people go hiking, taking photographs and editing images :) So, if you are interested in landscape photography and you are looking for inspiration, I would recommend to check out the following YouTube channels: