Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes – Dan Gheban

Dan Gheban's photographs take you on a whirlwind adventure from dizzying panoramas through storms, fog and clouds to the intricate frailty of microscopic life. It's only natural, the 50 year old anatomical pathologist and amateur photographer from Cluj-Napoca claims, since optical systems and the microscopic world are a part of his everyday life and constitute the tools of his trade, not just of his photographic pursuits. To find out more about him, his passion for photography and what exactly is an anatomical pathologist, read our interview with him.

Introducing Dan Gheban

Dan shared a bit about himself and his passion for photography, in this short interview:

First off, what exactly is an anatomical pathology?

It's a medical specialty that generates diagnostics based on the microscopic examination of biopsies or tissue fragments extracted from patients. Basically, I'm the kind of doctor that spends most of his day with his eyes glued to a microscope! If you want to know more on the subject, I recommend this Wikipedia entry: Anatomical pathology.

Now that that's out of the way, how did your passion for photography start?

I caught the photography bug over 30 years ago. Film photography, black and white and color, on paper and film slides, was for a very long time my main hobby. I even had a small laboratory(a dark room) in my apartment. Digital photography changed everything though, it removed the need for real laboratories by opening the way for digital ones.

What inspires you? What are your favorite subjects?

In my world, photographs are macroscopic or microscopic. By macroscopic, I mean anything from landscapes to macro photography (in the strict sense) while microphotography means photography through a microscope of a world beyond the imagination of most people. Macroscopically, I prefer landscapes, especially fog (I live in a city that has plenty of it). To compensate for the weather in Cluj Napoca, I spend my holidays in Greece where I focus on underwater photography. Microscopically, I prefer transparent subjects that don't need much tampering so I can capture nature's textures in their original form.

What camera do you use and what post processing software?

For landscape photography a DSLR Canon 350 camera, followed by a Nikon Coolpix 8700. During post processing, I prefer ACDSee Pro, followed by Adobe Photoshop, but I often use specialized software such as Neat for background noise removal, Photomatrix Pro for HDR, and Panorama Maker for panoramas. I take microscopic pictures with a Leica DM750 microscope that has a Leica ICC50 HD digital camera attached to it.

Which photographers do you admire and follow?

The photographer I keep the closest eye on is Adrian Petrisor, but I view hundreds of pictures daily of dozens of photographers from around the world, especially on deviantART.

What's the place/subject you'd most like to photograph, but haven't had a chance to do it yet?

The places I dream of photographing one day are Egypt and the Red Sea's coral reef.

Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?

The photo I'm most pleased with is an image from my underwater series (as I call it) of a gigantic jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) as it was nearing the shore of the Mediterranean at the end of September. You can view it here: Cotylorhiza tuberculata 1.

What are your plans with photography from here on out?

In the future, I hope to improve the quality of my technical equipment (with a Nikon full-frame camera) as well as my optical equipment. I also hope to extend my travels to more exotic shores!

Enjoy Dan's Work Through Two Windows Themes - Download Links

Dan chose to share with us both his macro and micro world! For his macro theme, he chose pictures of his hometown Cluj-Napoca that he is very proud of. He hopes it will, one day, become the cultural capital of Europe.

The shots shared in this theme are so wide and large, that they work great even on dual-monitor configurations, the picture continuing automatically from one screen to the next.

We're sure you will enjoy it a lot.

As for his micro theme, he's chosen a chromatic green theme. It shares photos of all kinds of microorganisms. It's pretty cool and worth downloading.

The Windows 7 themes can be downloaded from here. The Windows 8 themes can be downloaded from here.

COPYRIGHT: Dan Gheban. If you plan to use the pictures included in these themes for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.

Follow Dan Gheban & His work

If you enjoyed Dan Gheban's photos and would like to see more, we encourage you to visit his gallery on deviantART: ~dgheban. You can also find him on Flickr: Dan Gheban's Timeline and Bad or Good: Dan Gheban (dgheban).

We would like to thank Dan for sharing his work with us and our readers and wish him all the best in all his future photographic adventures!