Monday, October 22, 2007

From macros to landscapes, he's found a place for his photography

Edwin Brosens says he's a self-taught "macro" photographer who got the bug when he bought a nature book at age 18. Since then he's learned a great deal about the plants and "creepy crawlies"-- where they grow and what time of year they show themselves -- mostly near his home in the province of Noord Brabant in the Netherlands. "I've found it helps to limit myself to a certain area and go there often. I study and look first, then burn the film." Edwin's very favorite place to shoot is a nature reserve -- Doode Bemde -- in Neerijse, Belgium.

After reading Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, he decided to learn to use graduated ND filters for his landscape work. "I've discovered that learning to use them takes both time and patience. The upper photo was taken at sunset at Doode Bemde in June using my Minolta 9 camera with Velvia 100F film and a 3-stop hard-step Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density filter on a 20mm lens. After spot metering the foreground, I set my lens to f16 and opened the shutter for about 15 seconds."

Edwin returned to the same reserve in August to capture the second image. The exposure was the same, but the warm weather had turned the grass brown and created a different appearance.

"Learning to use ND filters has helped improve my landscape work by allowing me to capture images under difficult lighting conditions. It's a lot of fun to see what I can do with photography. So I'm always working to improve my style and share my images with others."

Edwin's entries in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contests reached the semi-final level in 2005 and 2006. See more of his work at his website, Edwin-Macrophoto.com.

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