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Gregor Halbwedl

photography mission:
its a hobby for me and I get a lot of positive experiences with it. I find photography a welcoming break from my daily work and a great hobby. A mission for me is also to grow and develop as a photographer. In landscape photography there is a risk of making pictures that just look like pretty postcards (which I personally don't like). I want to create my own expression. In hope my pictures could be considered as artwork once.

my way
I started taking photos 25 years ago. I bought a used SLR equipment with my first earned money and dreamed to make big pictures. But that wasn't so. To improve my skill I visited photography workshops. One of the most inspirational speakers was Andreas Weidner - a German artist.

My big goal is to take the perfect landscape picture. To catch the mood from my experience . Over the years I improved my skills in composing with light, colors and to find perfect locations.

After a few months in Flickr I decided to go one step further in digital photography. I saw many amazing pictures from my new friends. Mostly captured with digital cameras, full of color brilliance and sharpness. I never thought this would be possible with digital cameras.

nature, landscape, trees, water, mood, harmony, color

Inspired from a workshop with Andreas Weidner I worked over 2 years strictly with my Sinar f2 4x5" large-format camera. I was fascinated on the advantages of adjustments and to do everything manually. This time I learned the most on technically aspects. This kind of photography is the opposite to digital photography. You could compare it with the difference between slow- and fast-food. Sometimes I had spend a half hour for capturing one picture. "On digital time nobody rests and breathe the impression of one shot over a half hour". O god, I miss this time under the black blanket and with the upside down view of the world!

Most pictures in my archive where captured with Nikon F4s. This time I was a sharpness- and color-fetishist. I always used a tripod and mirror lookup for capturing Velvia slides.

My Noblex 135U Round-shot has a 135° view angle. It exposes two slides side by side. To get a paper picture I had to scan this slides with my middle format scanner. To look through the viewfinder is a special experience. I mean it frees the view to a wider impact. Currently I used this cam beside my digital equipment.

My most recent toy is a Nikon D200. It removes the poor D80. With it I did my step in to digitally photography. At moment I would never give away my digitally equipment. Because the possibilities are huge and I mean its efficiency is better as on analogue technical.

I use my equipment basically with wide angle lenses.

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