About my Creative Vision
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. As a side benefit I create memories of those little 'adventures' to take home. I am using this as my creative playground and to showcase some of my photographs.
My interest in photography started about ten 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. It took another five years until I had really get started after visiting Iceland with my wife in 2014. I had come home with a lot of images - a lot of images which were just not right and not as expressive as those images I had seen and admired before. I had then begin to deal with concepts of composition, importance of light, story telling and so on improving step by step.
Today I am using more advanced techniques and equipment on location and in the digital darkroom, but there is always something new 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.
The last years I have learned that being at the right place at the right time having desirable conditions requires a lot of 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 the camera.
While I had started with photographing the big classic vistas I am more interested in intimate and abstract landscape scenes created by contrast, colors, textures and good composition. Creating an appealing and strong image using such elements demands a lot more effort, creativity and time scouting than photographing the obvious and popular scenes. This is the biggest challenge of my photographic journey in the next years.
Post-processing is an important part of my workflow. Images taken as digital negatives (RAW) always require processing on the computer. The challenge is to obtain a natural and well balanced look by applying subtle and selective changes to different parts of an image. 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 since I am simply not interested in the technical details and the useless discussions around it. Instead I prefer to invest my time available in learning about composition and light as well as looking for new locations.
My camera of choice is a Nikon APS-C format DSLR with a great sensor and enough Megapixels for my needs. In order to work on intimate landscape scenes I primary using 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 of 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:
But in the end, you just need to get out yourself to create your own 'adventures'...