About  me
  I was born in Ebersdorf (Thuringia) in 1982. In summer 2008 I finished my studies (German and English teacher) at Potsdam University. Three years later I completed my teacher training. My family and I now live in Bad Harzburg where I work as a teacher for German and English.

I grew up in a rural area and became acquainted with nature early on and at the same time came to appreciate it. My passion for landscape and nature photography, however, first arose during a work and travel trip to Australia (October 2001 - May 2002). I bought a Minolta Dynax 5 with a standard and a telephoto zoom lens for my stay down under.
 

During my trip I spent only a little time in big cities. Australia’s amazing national parks appealed far more to me. From there I took unforgettable impressions of the beauty and diversity of Australia’s nature with me. Due to my lack of photographic experience, however, I only used normal Agfacolor negative films in Australia and worked without a tripod. The result was pictures of average quality.
When I became a member of Fotoclub Potsdam (Brandenburg, Germany) in 2004 I really became aware of the lack of quality of the pictures I had taken in Australia. At one of the photo club meetings I showed my photographs to experienced photographers for the first time and received mainly negative feedback. These critical discussions of pictures during photo club meetings and the regular contact with different photographers helped me a lot to improve my photographic skills.
I achieved a real breakthrough when I went to England to study at Sussex University in Brighton (2005/2006). Besides my studies I spent a lot of time reading the excellent British photography magazines and books about landscape and nature photography. Moreover, I became aware of great British photographers such as Joe Cornish, Adam Burton, Guy Edwardes and Helen Dixon. Their work has inspired me a lot.
During my stay in England I spent considerable time outdoors and used up huge amounts of film. I worked hard to improve my photography but I also had a lot of fun. The result of all this work was my first presentable landscape and nature photographs. Most of my pictures at that time were taken with a Canon Eos 3 on Fuji Velvia slide film.
I switched to digital photography in 2007. Lower costs, more flexibility and many opportunities to experiment are key advantages of digital compared to analog photography.


Philosophy

My passion for landscape and nature photography is also a result of the sheer pleasure I feel when I am outdoors. Away from the hectic pace of everyday life I can leave my cares behind me, relax and get enthusiastic about nature’s wonders again and again. I am fascinated by capturing the aura of a place or details which are often overlooked. Usually, I prefer a classical approach, but sometimes I like to experiment and take abstract landscape and nature photographs. One could say I use photography as a medium to dive into nature and at the same time as a medium to pass on my passion to others.
If somebody asked me what makes a good landscape or nature photograph, I would quote Joe Cornish: “More recently I have come to understand landscape photography as three pathways, or to use a modern analogy borrowed from Photoshop, three layers. These are, 1. Photographic technique, 2. Artistic style, and 3. Head, heart and soul.”* In the end it’s these three elements that need to be successfully combined in order to take a good landscape or nature photograph - one which bears the photographer’s trademark and astonishes its viewers.

Equipment
Camera

- Canon Eos 50 D


Lenses

- Canon EF 20mm 1:2.8 USM
- Canon EF 100mm Macro 1:2.8 USM
- Sigma 18-200mm F3,5-6,3 DC


Tripod

- Manfrotto 055 Pro B + 486 RC2 Ballhead


Filters

- Polarisers (Hoya, Cokin)
- Graduates natural density filters (P 120, P 121)
- Gray filters (P 152, P 153, P154)



* Taken from: http://www.joecornishgallery.co.uk/


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