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Frank Krahmer

Often I think of the times when I had to stay in the office and dreamed of remote places.

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Frank Krahmer

About

Born 1961 in Bad Toelz in Germany I studied IT technologies and worked in software development until three years ago. Besides this main occupation I started nature photography as a hobby in 1987. I was always fascinated by the work of artistic photographers like Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting.

Comparing my poor results with the best nature photography I improved my skills and more and more shifted from documentary to artistic driven photography: painting with light. After mainly working on wildlife I moved more to landscapes from the millennium on.

Today I travel all continents regularly to catch dramatic light scenes on wild landscapes - from Arctic to Antarctica and from the Sahara to the Australian deserts. My work is mainly marketed by the most important worldwide operating stock agencies and regularly published in calendars. Some of my best images were awarded in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (especially promotion image mud-covered cape buffalo I 1995), Agfa Wildlife Award and GDT.

Website: www.frankkrahmer.de/

Interview

Why nature photography?
I was attracted by nature from childhood, when I was always catching small insects and amphibians. After an episode with watercolour painting I changed the brush to a camera and started what I wanted: enjoy nature and work artistically.

What's best about it?
Travelling all around the world and see all the magnificent landscapes you dream of. Often I think of the times when I had to stay in the office and dreamed of remote places. Now it is a big value for me to be independent and have the chance to visit wild natural areas.

What's worst about it?
Travel issues like flying around the world, jetlags, heavy baggage and problems to transport it.

Environmental changes often show me the influence of the masses of people on the planet, which is often problematic and disastrous. More and more restrictions set limitations to photographers.

Especially in case of revisiting an area the changes can be very disappointing.

Favourite species and places in Europe?
I love the northern countries like Iceland and Greenland, the coasts of Brittany and romantic Tuscany. For wildlife I like to visit northern shorebird colonies and the Camargue with its magnificent flamingos.

What's in the bag?
Often much, too much. Essential are two digital cameras and some zoom lenses from 16 to 200 mm. For wildlife there will be an additional tele lens 500 mm and for landscaping a 100mm macro and a 15mm fisheye.

Additionally some basic filters as polarizers and split-level neutral density filters, which are essential, even in digital times. Unfortunately the shift from film to digital didn’t bring weight advantages, because now I have to carry laptop, cables, and disks.

As I mainly work with natural light, I don’t carry flashes.

Your specialities / skills?
Artistic landscape photography: working with natural light and catching it on images; composing the given items in the landscape; seeing what others don’t see.

What will you do in your next life?
My current life is occupying me much too much and it works very well. So I don’t think about a next life (despite it would be very exciting to be a bird and have the ability to fly …)

3 tips for beginners
1) Don’t be too ambitious and stay relaxed.
2) Always compare your work with the work you admire and learn how to improve.
3) In case of professional ambitions always have a stable foot (main job) that feeds you until you can dare the jump to go professional.

Mission

I will visit two regions of the European Alps: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Lac Blanc area.

The Tre Cime is a worldwide known heaven for mountain walkers and climbers and fascinate by their exceptional shapes. I will travel there in autumn in hope of good weather, clear skies and bearable tourist masses.

To Lac Blanc – maybe the most thrilling area of the Alps opposite of Mont Blanc massive – I will travel in early summer to get the lake just melted after winter.

The biggest issue of these trips will be the weather. You never know what will come. But sometimes the worst weather brings the most exceptional images, when the skies are clearing and the last clouds are illuminated by late sun. Just be optimistic and try the best...

Best Picture

Best Picture
Icebergs on Diskobay at midnight sun

What's cool about it?
I especially like the image because of the exceptional light (the sun was just below the horizon and brought a magnificent magenta light) and the impressing icy landscape.

Could it be better?
Every image could be better. Maybe additionally a group of whales, some icebergs with melted windows…

Behind the Scene
The Greenland glaciers are threatened very much by climate changes. How long can we admire these fantastic frozen landscapes? Which influences will have the melting glaciers for the world’s climate and the countries just above sea level? I travelled to Ilullisat (Diskobay) in early August to get the fascinating available light, which means hours with the sun just beneath the horizon and displaying magic magenta light.

Date: August 2001
Location: Greenland, Ilullisat
Gear: Canon EOS 1V, EF 2.8 / 70-200 L, tripod

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