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Paul Bruins

I am a 50 year old Cape Town based photographer, whose interest in photography was sparked off at an early age while completing a school project to build a pin-hole camera and to develop and print the results in a home-made darkroom.

Although I studied and qualified as a civil engineer in the early 1980s, I never went far without a camera of some sort. From cheap disposables, to 35mm SLRs and then to medium format, I have experimented with a large range of equipment and styles. Although I do have some studio experience shooting portraits, still-life and close-up macro images, my love of nature and the outdoors saw me moving towards architectural and fine-art landscape photography.

The biggest problem with trying to photograph a beautiful landscape is selecting which part of it to capture. How do you squeeze all that beauty into one frame? Why can’t the camera capture all that my eyes can see? This was both disappointing and inspirational to me, and I was determined to find a way to solve this problem. Sticking 35mm prints together with tape was certainly less than ideal.

Then along came digital cameras and panoramic image-stitching computer software. Now you could simply take as many photographs as you needed to capture the entire landscape, and the software would stitch it all together seamlessly, into one large image. That was when my photographic hobby turned into a passion, now I could finally capture all that my eyes could see... and more!

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