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Portrait: Marcin Sobas

Published by Diana Tula · July 13th 2012

There are many great photos on 500px, yet we want to know more about the photographers and stories behind them. Our Portrait interview series feature a talented photographer each week, allowing us to discover more about living life through a lens. This week's interview is with Poland-based photographer Marcin Sobas.

Fisherman by Marcin Sobas
Fisherman by Marcin Sobas

Hi Marcin, tell us how and when did you start your photographic journey? What inspired you?
I liked making pictures since childhood, but I fell in love with photography about six to seven years ago. To this day photography is my greatest passion. Being a self-taught photographer I started with a compact Canon PowerShot A510 and later switched to a cropped sensor DSLR. Ultimately I plan to get a full frame camera.

I love Ansel Adams’ and Marcin Sacha’s work, but the inspiration comes to me from my family, travel, exploration of beautiful places and life in general.

How would you describe your photography?
I am drawn to large agricultural fields with rolling hills and to misty mornings by the mountains. At these locations I mainly use Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L lens. It is my favorite lens, which may be surprising to a landscape photographer :)

A picture needs to have a story in itself. Only then a photographer can pass to the audience something great.

The sping tree by Marcin Sobas
The sping tree by Marcin Sobas

You have frequent photographs of rolling green hills. Where were these taken?
Some of these photos I captured in Moravian fields, Czech Republic and my recent photos I took in Tuscany, Italy. I think everyone knows that place ;)

Many of your photos are filled with fog and beautifully captured rays of light. How would you advice to capture shots such as these?
These photos were taken at sunrise in the mountains, when the sun was shining through the mist. This effect is hard to come by because the weather must be ideal. Another issue is finding a good location with the right angle of light. Fortunately, I have found such a place.

My advice is that it has to be a cold night with a cloudless sunrise. Then you’ll have a good chance at catching the desired effect.

Rays by Marcin Sobas
Rays by Marcin Sobas

What camera do you shoot with? And what is your favorite equipment?
I shoot with a Canon 40D. My favorite lenses are Canon 70-200mm f/4 L-series and Canon 17-50mm f/2.8. I prefer natural lighting but sometimes I use flash in difficult light conditions. On a rare occasion I will use a polarization filter and sometimes a Cokin filters system (only for the wide frames).

Is post-processing important to you?
Post-processing is equally important to weather conditions. If the weather and air visibility are good I can get a good shot. In conjunction with good post-processing I can get a great art work. But I'm not in favor of spending a long time by the computer during post-processing.  A photograph must have an original climate to it. I see many pictures on the web which have lost their “character” during the digital post-processing. Photo treatment should be considered with care.

Village at sunrise
Village at sunrise by Marcin Sobas

How do you market your work?
In contrast to other types of photography landscape photography is less profitable, that's why I treat it as a hobby. Sometimes to take one good picture I have to go to the same location a few times until I get the right conditions. It is hard work and it isn’t selling so well like fashion, editorial or advertising photography.

If you could capture anybody or anything on camera what would it be?
That is a very interesting question. That may be wild animals in Africa or maybe the Himalaya mountains. One thing is certain, these are my dreams. As well as traveling and photographing New Zealand, U.S.A. and national parks of America. May God do the choosing.

What are your aspirations for the future, in photography or otherwise?
I don’t have any big plans but, I have few dreams. I would like to evolve further in photography and I hope for some of my dreams to come true. For example, like my wild dream of a trip to New Zealand, which seems so out of reach.

Free as a bird
Free as a bird by Marcin Sobas

Tell us 5 things about you that are unrelated to photography, which would introduce us to the person behind the lens.

  1. I live in Poland and I am an economist by education.
  2. I like sports and adrenalin.
  3. One of my biggest dreams is to fly a jet like an F-16 or F-22.
  4. I love to spend my free time with family and my son.
  5. I would like to be a millionaire and spend my life traveling the world.

What advice would you give to beginner photographers?
First of all photographer needs to know what kind of effect and framing he is looking for. When you know what you want you can then achieve it. I would also recommend having the basic knowledge of weather, especially if you want to photograph foggy landscapes. The better you know the weather, the better photos you get. And most importantly, don’t get discouraged and never give up :)

Island by Marcin Sobas

To see more of Marcin Sobas’ work head over to his 500px page. To purchase one of his canvas prints or digital downloads visit Marcin's store page.Thanks to Marcin for being interviewed and to you for reading.

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Tony Harding  about 2 years ago
Marcin - magnifique photos
Selda K  over 2 years ago
All I can say "Wow" One of the best work I have ever seen.
Kenneth Schneider  over 2 years ago
Wonderful Photos...
Graeme Voigt  over 2 years ago
Debbie Tagoe  over 2 years ago
Love this
Dimitris Christopoulos  over 2 years ago
I've followed up his work on 500 for quite sometime... Great stuff..
Awesome Account
julian john  over 2 years ago
a very interesting interview, I love 500px, so many talented photographers including your good self. You have inspired me to develop my skills and hopefully incorporate some of your talent and skills
Francisco Mota  over 2 years ago
Êstes momentos espectaculares aqui congelados, não se perderam para a parttilha e o goso da fruição do olhar dos que param para observar,,, e graças à perícia e sensibilidade do operador dêstes trabalhos que os soube tão bem elevar para um patamar de Arte...
Ekaterina Dudareva  over 2 years ago
Очень красивые фото!!!
tinne croisiau  over 2 years ago
super !!!
Barb Wilhite  over 2 years ago
I live in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada and have seen and photographed some amazing areas here but your photos are beyond anything I have ever achieved. Your words of advice are very encouraging as I am an amateur looking to go beyond. Am looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Nicole Boxberger  over 2 years ago
Les images sont vraiment très belles
Delcio Gonçalves  over 2 years ago
I love photos like these, and we share dreams Marcin.. and I started with a Powershot A520, almost like you!!
my regards!!!
Awesome Account
Ann Matthew  over 2 years ago
Marcin - your photos are absolutely amazing! I liked your story also, you sound very down to earth and grounded about your photography. I hope you achieve your goals!
Jonas Ginter  over 2 years ago
aweome pictures!

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