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Edwin Giesbers

Nature photography is a process that is continuously developing. You always learn new ways and it challenges you every time again.

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Edwin Giesbers

About

Edwin was born in 1967 in Arnhem, The Netherlands. For several years he has now been living in Nijmegen, close to Arnhem and the German border. The love for nature started in his youth. He has been photographing since the age of 16, and since a number of years he is a dedicated professional nature photographer.
His topics in nature are very diverse, from small subjects such as plants and insects to bigger ones such as birds, mammals and landscapes.
He likes to travel around the world and has visited the most extreme areas such as Borneo, Madagascar and Antarctica. Despite this, he also still finds it a challenge to take images in a new and interesting way in his own country.

Website: www.edwingiesbers.com

Interview

Why nature photography?
What else? Nature photography is for me being in nature and enjoying it. Already as a young boy I explored the nature around my home.
Nowadays it is an infinitely exciting long journey where I always see new subjects and look for new ways to capture this. And nature is an excuse for me to crawl (also as a young boy) in a field of beautiful flowers and strange-looking insects, but now with a camera around my neck. And with nature photography, we have a tool in our hands to show the magnificent nature to other people and make theme aware that itís necessary to protect the fragile nature.

What's best about it?
It gives me the possibility to spend much time in nature. You get to see the most beautiful places on earth. And nature photography is a process that is continuously developing. You always learn new ways and it challenges you every time again.

What's worst about it?
The time it takes when I travel to a remote location. I find it annoying to travel many hours in an airplane or in a car seat. And of course the time that Iím away from home. Missing my girlfriend and children during a period when Iím abroad for a job. And the confrontation with the decline and disappearance of natural areas. All around the world I have seen it happening. Even on a recent trip to Madagascar, I was faced with this problem. Nature photography can, and must play, an important role in the protection of the vulnerable nature everywhere on earth.

Favourite species and places in Europe?
The Polecat is a favourite species of mine. For years I have been working with the Polecats and little is known about these small carnivores, which lead a hidden life.
Besides the beautiful scenery in the surroundings of my hometown Nijmegen, I think the Greek island of Lesvos, which my girlfriend and I visited last year, is a wonderful and beautiful place. Lots of birds, insects, reptiles and plants (many orchids!) ...Lesvos has it all.

What's in the bag?
What is in the bag varies from place to place and from topic to topic. I have been using Nikon equipment for a long time. Sometimes under extreme heat, moisture or cold, Nikon has never let me down.

Your specialities / skills?
I photograph many different subjects but a speciality is probably the photography of small nature subjects such as plants, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
I try to capture them in a more creative style with quiet backgrounds and foregrounds. Keywords are simplicity, form and abstract.

What will you do in your next life?
I still have a lot to do in this life and I think I need a number of lives before I have photographed all the things that I want to. So in the next life I prefer to go on the same path as Iím doing right now.

3 tips for beginners
1) Wild wonders are everywhere, even in your own backyard. You donít have to travel to wild places on the other side of the world to make exciting images. Everything you need to do is open your eyes and see.
2) Choose a project (for example one species) near your hometown, learn and read everything about this species and then try to capture it in different ways and work with it until you can tell a story with your images.
3) Look at the work of other photographers (not just nature), look at work of famous painters, visit exhibitions, but find your own way.

Mission

My mission is to Liechtenstein.
It is a great honour and I am very pleased to be part of the Wild Wonders of Europe project.
In recent years I have visited many beautiful places but I have never travelled to the Alpine area. So Liechtenstein is a real challenge for me. I am going to focus on the typical Alpine plants and also capture the magnificent landscape. I will try to capture the plants in different ways and with all kinds of lenses. In June I will travel to Liechtenstein and I am really looking forward to it.

Best Picture

Best Picture
Adelie Penguins in their habitat, Antarctica

I find it difficult to choose my best picture; I have a few favourites. But the picture of the two Adelie penguins in their habitat is certainly a big favourite.

What's cool about it?
It perfectly reflects my feeling of Antarctica, these tiny penguins as small creatures in a magnificent blue and white world. It looks like they are connected to each other by the touch of a wing. They are definitely friends.

Could it be better?
Mmm, maybe if ...no, I'm happy with the image as it is.

Behind the Scene
During a nice journey through the Antarctic waters (thanks! Magazine Grasduinen/Netherlands) I was already impressed by the beautiful blue tones of the landscape. With the zodiac we were sailing in a bay with stunning icebergs in all shapes and shades of blue. And in a flash I saw, from a great distance, the two penguins at exactly the right place on the most beautiful iceberg in the bay. I responded immediately and made 3 images and then the penguins plunged into the icy water. The moment lasted only 2 or 3 seconds but I will remember it forever. These are the special moments and one of the reasons that I became a nature photographer.

Date: February 2006
Location: Antarctica
Gear: Nikon D100 and Nikon 80/400 vr lens (Thanks VR!, zodiac on the waves of the sea).

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