About Me

I am a landscape photographer based in the Netherlands. My interest in photography started back during the analog era. Why landscape photography? I don’t know exactly why, it just came to me. A love for nature and the outdoors were the drive for me in developing a photographic career in landscape photography. Since 2008 I have been developing myself as a landscape photographer. During my years as a student back in the 90’s I have started photography with an old analog Minolta X-500. Complete manual operation, but it learned me the basics of photography. Evolving into the digital era and combining photography with my passion for being outdoors, landscape photography seemed the right combination, it just fitted me.

Since 2012 I have been working professionally. My pictures are regularly published in advertisement campaigns, magazines, book covers, calendars and digital media by a broad range of national and international clients. In 2016 I was finalist of the Canon Grand Prix 2016. Besides my photographic knowledge, I hold a degree in master of business administration.

Foto: Mich Buschman

Foto: Mich Buschman

 

Vision and ambition

Foto: Els van Opstal

Foto: Els van Opstal

Being a landscape photographer for me is being outdoors at the moments when there is amazing light. These moments are the early morning and the late evening. I do prefer the morning sunrises. Being out there when ‘normal’ people are still asleep, seeing the sun coming over the horizon and hear the birds come alive, gives me the ultimate feeling of having the world to myself, even if it is for a short moment. With the Dutch landscape as main subject landscape photography is not always that easy and can be a true challenge. You can say that by lacking mountains we have a kind of 2 dimensional landscape. But I think a quite beautiful one.

My photographs do not only give a view on fabulous landscapes, they do also tell a lot about me. My images are an expression of my experience, my thoughts and feelings at the moment the picture was taken. As an autodidact I have managed to learn all the necessary techniques and processes to capture this. The postprocessing I do on my images is a way that I think it makes the most out of it.

My Gear

 

Fot: Mich Buschman

Foto: Mich Buschman

I am a gear freak and like to have the best of the best. In my early days it was just that I wanted to own the latest technical gadgets and developments. I have changed a little over the years and have learned that it is not about owning equipment, but having the right tools at the moment that I need them, so I can take the picture that I want. The most important obviously are camera’s and lenses. My main camera at the moment is a Canon 5D mark III and the lenses I use are a TS-E17,  a 24-70 f/2.8L and a 70-200 f2.8L. The reason for me using Canon equipment is that it is very reliable and for me are easy and logical to use. Off course there can always be discussion about different brands, but I like Canon equipment and have good experience in quality, reliability and support.

As a landscape photographer I can not do without a tripod, it’s almost as important as the camera itself. I have a Gitzo carbon Tripod with a Manfrotto geared head, which I have refitted so I can use it with a Really Right Stuff L-bracket. I prefer a geared head over a ballhead, because it enables me to really fine-tune my composition the way I want it. Furthermore I use neutral density filters a lot. I don’t leave home without them as well. I use the filters of Lee. Not the cheapest choice but for filters I have used the best, without compromising natural colors and light.

Finally processing of images is an important part of my photograpy. RAW files coming straight out of the camera are not suitable to show, therefore have to be processed. In my processing workflow I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.