Sebastian Kraus, originally from Nowa Ruda, Poland, discovered his passion for photography only after moving to the UK in 2006. What started as a desire to share more about his life abroad with his family and friends, ended in becoming an important way of expressing the feelings that the beauty of the world evoked inside him. Currently located in Edinburgh, Scotland, Sebastian is drawn to nature's breathtaking displays and the hidden depths of its remote beauty. Sebastian's work has been published and exhibited in magazines and galleries around the world. To find out more about him and to download the spectacular photographs he has chosen to share with us in this theme for Windows 7 & Windows 8, read this interview.
Introducing Sebastian Kraus
Sebastian spoke to us about his late start with photography and the tender feelings nature awakens in him, in this short interview:
How did you get into photography?
My adventure with landscape photography unexpectedly began in 2006. I had already settled in Salisbury, in the south of England, far away from my homeland. One day, while Skyping with my family, I realized that I didn't have any photos to share with them. As soon as I finished talking to them, I went to a shop and bought my first digital camera. It was my first contact with digital photography. I quickly realized that it was an art form that would enable me to express my innermost feelings about the world that I am merely a part of.
Once I started learning more about photography, my interest in it grew so rapidly that I began reading everything that I could get my hands on. Nevertheless, a year later, a trip to the south-west coast of England organized by a photography loving friend, was a milestone in my experience with photography. That morning I saw an amazing view of a spectacular sunrise, combined with the glorious rock formations of Durdle Door. That day I decided that this was the path I wanted to follow – landscape photography.
What inspires you when you take photos? What are your favorite subjects?
Breathing fresh air, feasting my eyes on the beauty of unspoiled landscapes, that is my greatest inspiration. I love to wake up in the morning, the moment when, after opening my tent, I can already see a magnificent view, is the best. I get up and I start taking photos right away. In my pictures I want to show places that I have been to in a way that the public can see, smell, feel the same things I did. I capture images that are literally just moments passing in time and I truly love the subjects that I photograph. If the camera has taught me only one thing about nature, it is that it holds so very much more than is first apparent to the naked eye. My favorite subject is definitely water because there are so many ways to capture it and the most interesting thing about it is that you never know what you will end up with.
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I started with a Fuji FinePix S9500 in 2006, but I have been using my veteran Nikon D200 for the last 5 years with several lenses from Sigma and Nikkor. For post-processing, I use Adobe Photoshop, including Adobe Camera RAW.
What do you think was the biggest influence in your photography?
I admire American landscape photographers. In my opinion the techniques they use in post-processing and framing are simply amazing. To be honest, their pictures play an important role in my own work i.e. I try to carefully match their light and framing.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
Very often after taking a picture, I like it for two or three days and then I put it aside and try to find something new. I am very critical about my own photography, but there is one photo that I still enjoy. It is named The Fire with Water and it presents the terrific power of the sea.
Of course, there are plenty of spots I want to see and photograph. I would love to go to Iceland, the western part of the USA, Oregon and California, and Patagonia.
What are your plans with photography from here on out?
To take more photographs, travel more and share my adventures with the entire world.
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