Ulrike Eisenmann: Photographer of the week
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Ulrike Eisenmann combines her love for nature and passion for photography. Her landscape photographs always strive for an interesting light situation, colour combination and tend to be minimal.
My personality might have an influence on my images: I am enthusiastic, emotional and curious and love variety as well as challenges. Fortunately, I like the early morning hours a lot and have no problems getting up very early, being always attracted to light, colour and the beauty of nature.
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
For 2016, we planned a trip to South Africa and I was very keen to take really good pictures while on safari, admiring intimate wildlife pictures a lot. Therefore, in a half day photo course I learned the basics with my first DSLR, a Nikon D80. From there on, I practically never stopped taking pictures, more or less on a daily basis and soon bought a full frame Nikon DSLR for the Africa trip, luckily being able to use some of the Nikon lenses my father owned. Now I love practically every aspect of photography.
In landscape photography I love that it is so surprising how an area you know by heart could change in light, colour, and mood from day to day or even from minute to minute, allowing to revisit certain places again and again without being bored.
„Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, your intellect, and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you."
With floral shots it is not so much the mood which is important for me but more the story, like showing the fading of flowers or their effort to grow towards the light.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
Luckily, on my way to work I pass several photo spots, constantly checking whether it is worth to stop or not. Seldom, I broadly plan to take some pictures at specific conditions, e.g. when the lake is frozen or misty, the tide is low or on golden October days for example. Then it helps that while driving around, I constantly scout the region for interesting aspects, leading to my constantly growing personal location scout map I keep in mind.
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
What software do you use to process your images?
Maybe the most I learned is from studying the impressive pictures on 1X, by which I gained a diffuse general mindset of very attractive photographs. Moreover, curating pictures of others, in my view, sharpens your view for good/bad shots a lot since it can be easier to criticise other compositions than own ones.
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
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