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Growing up, I loved spending hours going through the stacks of our family photo albums. It eventually led to me trying my own hand at photography with this trashy early-model digital camera my dad bought when I was in high school. Even though the camera had a lot of shortcomings it allowed me to play around and learn things like basic composition without the cost of developing film.

My first camera was a Canon D400 DSLR which my parents gave me for my 21st birthday. Playing around with this camera taught me how to manipulate in-camera settings in order to create an image that I wanted to produce. These days I shoot with a Canon 5D MkII and my camera bag contains 24-105 mm and 50 mm lenses and a 100-400 mm lense plus a Fujifilm X100S.

Living in Namibia it’s almost impossible not to photograph the beautiful wildlife and endless landscapes that are so plentiful. It’s also very challenging because of the heaps of incredible photos of wildlife and landscape that already exist, as well as the new images that are produced daily. Instead of seeing this as negative, I try to use it as motivation to create images that feel unique and tell their own stories, but in a slightly different way.

Gentleman, the elephant bull, rested his head on a leadwood tree while lazily covering himself with sand.
Aba-Huab River
250 mm, f/8, 1/500 ISO 640
This young lion stubbornly and half playfully kept chasing away the doves around the waterhole.
Etosha National Park
400 mm, f/10, 1/640 ISO 500
Each sunset in the Namib is unique.
Tiras Area
105 mm f/11, 1/80 ISO 640
The remains of a jetty at Hottentot Bay that have been taken over by birds. Fog in these parts can get so dense that you don’t dare to wander too far.
Hottentot Bay
105 mm f/13, 1/800 ISO 200
Hottentot Bay is with a doubt my favourite place in Namibia. It is as secluded as it is beautiful. Fishing boats use the bay as a safe haven to anchor for the night which in turn creates the potential for incredible photos at sunset.
Hottentot Bay
260 mm, f/13, 1/500 ISO 200

This article was first published in the Autumn 2020 issue of Travel News Namibia.

Each sunset in the Namib is unique.
Tiras Area
105 mm f/11, 1/80 ISO 640

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