Bernhard Geier's photos, most of them taken in his native region of Salzburg, Austria, showcase nature at its most mysterious, hidden between banks of mist, clouds and snow, forever out of reach and unknowable. The 36-year old Austrian believes he was blessed to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and he is constantly inspired by what he sees around him. He works in the printing plant of a local newspaper in the pre-press sector, where he also has the chance to use his favorite photo editing program - Adobe Photoshop. While photography is his main passion, Bernhard also enjoys reading and gardening and is a fan of most music genres. To see the amazing photos Bernhard has chosen to share with us and find out more about him, we recommend reading his interview below.
Introducing Bernhard Geier
Bernhard was kind enough to talk to us about his love of nature and photo editing in a brief interview:
How did you get into photography?
I was always fascinated by taking pictures, but also by the technical side of photography. I remember I got my first camera when I was 12 or 13. Of course it was an analogue and a quite cheap one at that, but I was really happy about it. From that time on, I was photographing - sometimes more, sometimes less. I took a little break when the first digital cameras came out, but a bit later I got myself my first DSLR and it reawakened my passion. I realized that, in fact, a purely digital environment opened up a whole new range of options and opportunities.
I love to be in nature - taking hikes, visiting great places and so on. Therefore these are also my favorite subjects when taking photographs. I take my camera almost everywhere with me and when I see a beautiful place, a great location or an extraordinary situation, I take pictures of it. I also love to edit them – I enjoy it almost as much as shooting them. Sometimes I have a certain image in my mind and then I try to get as near to it as possible using editing.
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I've been using Nikon DSLRs for a few years now. At the moment, I have a Nikon D7000 and some lenses. My favorite is a wide angle lens from Sigma 10-20mm - it works perfectly for landscapes. The one and only post processing software I use is Adobe Photoshop. I also use it at work in the printing plant so its use has become very natural to me.
Do you have any photographers and artists that you look up to?
Well, there are some really great artists on the Internet and I am following some of them on deviantART. But my focus is mostly on the pictures, not their authors. And if you have the time to look, you can find some spectacular work and great inspiration.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
I don't think I have a particular favorite. I guess most of the time it's the picture I'm working on at the moment... Currently that would be Outro. I find it cool to look at photos months or even years after I've taken them. See my development as a photographer and also recall the moments when I took the pictures I am viewing.
There are a lot of places I've always wanted to visit. It would be great to travel around the world and take pictures of all the wonderful places in it. Iceland, for example, with its rough and also contradictory nature and a chance to see the northern lights. I want to see Mont Saint-Michel, the Highlands, the northern fjords, New Zealand, Paris, Venice and Rome and so many other places - I don't have the space to list them all here. But I think there are beautiful places in every country and area. You only have to keep your eyes open.
What's your plan with photography from here on out?
If I have the time, I would love to improve my skills in portrait, macro and street photography – things that I have barely touched upon until now. It would also be nice to find other people with the same passion, but I've already started doing this with deviantART.
Enjoy Bernhard's Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links
Bernhard has chosen to include some of his most beautiful misty landscapes in his Windows 7 and Windows 8 theme, along with his current favorite photo. We love the pictures he has chosen and we think you will love them too.
COPYRIGHT: Bernhard Geier. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
Follow Bernhard Geier & His Work
If you enjoyed Bernhard's pictures and would like to see more of his beautiful work, you can visit his gallery on deviantART: CaveCanem42.
We would like to thank Bernhard for sharing his work with us and our readers and wish him all the best in all his future projects.