loves to show the beauty and diversity of nature in her work. Her favourite subjects are trees, flowers and landscapes. Martina likes to experiment with double, multiple of or long exposures. She also has a charming personality succeeding to express her talent through her fine art images. They are all are pure poetry and take us with her on a magical journey. Read and see it by yourself in this interview...
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, dear Martina.
First, I'd like to thank you for inviting me to an interview, dear Yvette. I am honoured.
I was born and raised on the Lower Rhine. I am married and have an adult son.
My profession is physiotherapist and photography is my passion.
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
Which are your most important experiences that have influenced your art?
I love nature with its beauty and harmony of shapes, structures and colours. I am fascinated by atmospheric moments that I want to capture. In doing so, I do not want to portray nature in a documentary way, but to awaken feelings and visions while looking at it.
I have always been inspired by other photographers and try to interpret and learn their perspectives and techniques.
What first attracted you to photography?
Because photography fascinated me already in my youth, my dad gave me his old camera, a Voigtländer Vito B. As I had to adjust everything manually on this camera, I learned to observe the light and to assess its effect. In addition, I learned the interaction of aperture and exposure. Immediately I was fascinated by the possibility of capturing unforgettable moments and moods.
Describe your overall photographic vision.
When I take photos, I can forget everything around me, photography helps me to switch off, I can lose myself in it. I enjoy a lot nature which always gives me nice experiences. The images has to be essentially straight out of the camera because I do not like spending to much time processing and editing.
Why are you so drawn by moody creatively edited photography?
My motivation is to show my own view on nature.
I do not want to present nature in a documentary way, but to create feelings, visions and fantasies.
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
In my opinion all aspects are important. Mastering the equipment and understanding the rules of composition is just as important as the mood and the story. So you have more possibilities. The mood affects the observer, makes him looking at my picture more attentively and makes him feeling my feelings and motivations for the subject.
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
I like to be alone in nature, choosing my motives and then calmly composing my picture.
For me, trees have a personality, their growth, shapes and structures tell something about their history.
When I experiment with multiple or long exposures I like the play with colours, forms and structures as well as the effect of transparencies and abstraction.
Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
When I'm travelling, I do search the locations on the forehand, which time of the day the light is the best, etc.. At home I drive spontaneously through the landscape in search of suitable motives.
I always take my equipment with me, but often I go back later to shoot when the light and mood are better.
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
My photos are taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV
I use Sigma and Canon lenses with focal lengths of 14 to 200 mm.
Further more my Tripod Novoflex, Lee filters, Little and Big Stopper, Polarizing filter and a Kata bag.
What software do you use to process your images?
Because I photograph exclusively in raw data format (RAW) I use Lightroom 6 for my image editing. Such editing is essentially limited to optimizing the photos.
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
I optimize my images in terms of clarity, dynamics, contrasts and colour saturation. I delete or clone away annoying elements like dust spots or things that distract too much from the main Subject. Lightroom 6 is installed on my laptop where my images are stored and secured.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in creatively edited photography and how do you get started?
I am usually inspired by the moment and like to experiment with long or multiple exposures. I choose the number of exposures in the camera and try different exposures and settings focused and on-focused.
I move with the camera all around a tree for example and just try it out…
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?
My favourite photographers are and . I was inspired by their tree impressions. I am also a big fan of , his images of Iceland fascinate me again and again. and show us beautiful landscapes in a fantastic way.
, , , and all inspire me with their wonderful floral macros.
There are so many excellent photographers here on 1x that I could enumerate many others whose works I like a lot.
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?
Photography is so versatile and there is so much more to learn for me to improve myself and to get know other categories of photography. In addition wildlife photography, architecture, portrait photography fascinates me and my desire is to learn more about that.
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
One of my favourite photographs is "Dreamy spring", because it is my first image from my tree series, which satisfied me. I like the dreamy mood, this image reminds me of the pleasant rest on this spring morning when I was all alone with the cherry trees at the lake of my home town Wesel.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
1x is the best photo platform I know. Long before I became a member here, I was inspired by the amazing work of excellent photographers in this forum. That is what helped me to improve my work. It is an enrichment and a great motivation to share my passion with so many magnificent photographers.
Thanks a lot to all who follow me and support me with constructive comments regularly.
Special thanks to Yvette for her great work and invitation to this interview.
Eiji Itoyama PRO
Hi Martina, congratulations on your interview! You really deserve it. Looking forward to seeing more of your works.
Many thanks for your kind words, dear Eiji! I'm very pleased about your appreciation. Warm regards, Martina
Wonderful portfolio Martina ! Thanks a lot Yvette for the nice interview.
Thank you so much for your nice compliment, dear Thierry, much appreciated! Warm greetings, Martina
Congratulations Martina. Your work is amazing, thank you for your kind words
Thank you so much for your nice compliment, dear David! I am very pleased. Warm greetings, Martina
Adam Fritzen PRO
Herzlichen Glückwunsch liebe Martina zur verdienten Anerkennung. Deine Bilder sind exzellent. Vielen Dank auch an Yvette für das Interview. VG Adam
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Dein wunderbares Kompliment, lieber Adam. Freue mich sehr darüber! Lieben Gruß, Martina
Congratulations on the call-out at 1x; simply beautiful work!
Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Christopher. I'm very pleased about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Xavier Ortega PRO
Congratulations Martina. Your work is amazing.
Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Xavier, I am very pleased about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Milan Malovrh PRO
Much respect and admiration of your works.
Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Milan, I am very delighted about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Mandy Disher PRO
Many congratulations Martina on your feature; a wonderful insight into your inspirational photography. Much beauty, poetry and creativity and a wonderful atmosphere in your work, thank you Yvette for bringing this feature to us. Kindest regards Mandy:)
Many thanks for your kind and praising words, dear Mandy. I'm delighted about your appreciation and very pleased that you like my images. Best regards, Martina
Congratulations for your well deserved 'photographer of the week'! I just love your romantic mood trees and your nice gallery! Thanks a lot for the nice interview and sharing it with us! Warm regards, Christl
Thanks a lot for your kind and praising words, dear Christl. I'm delighted about your appreciation and very pleased that you like my images. Warm regards, Martina
Very good interview with a big master and great poetic images. Thank you Martina and Yvette ! :)
Thank you so much for your kind and praising words, dear Vladimir. I'm delighted about your appreciation. Warm regards, Martina
Tamara Brnelić PRO
Beautiful, creative images with very special atmosphere, full of life....congratulation dear Martina for being featured as photographer of week, well deserved!! Best regards, Tamara
Thank you so much for your kind and praising words, dear Tamara. I'm very pleased about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Miro Susta CREW
Excellent photo gallery, I admire them very much. Accept my congratulations Martina. Thank you Yvette for nice editing and publishing.
Many thanks, Miro ;-)
Thanks a lot for kind comment, I am very pleased about your appreciation, dear Miro. Best regards, Martina
Thank you so much for your appreciation, dear Jorge! Warm regards, Martina
The photos of your character are very joyous and colorful with its watercolor coloring (especially the trees full of its glory), which symbolizes the photographer, the poet and the painter herself,This form of expressing pure emotions in a womanly world makes me ecstatic,Thank you, dear yvette for your sincere conversation, and i am glad for you dear Matina who took us in this magical world.
Thanks a lot, dear Mohammad. Always a pleasure to see how much our 1x community enjoys the interviews ;-)
Thank you so much for your kind and praising words, dear Mohammad. I'm delighted you like my images. Warm greetings, Martina
Ulrike Eisenmann PRO
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch , liebe Martina! ich bewundere deine wunderschönen Baum-Interpretationen sehr, jedes der Bilder würde ich mir sofort an die Wand hängen! Liebe Grüsse Ulrike And thank you very much, dear Yvette, for the interview, it is always really interesting to gain insight into the photographer’s personalities, aims and tools!
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deinen schönen Kommentar, liebe Ulrike. Deine lobenden Worte freuen mich sehr und spornen mich an! Herzliche Grüße, Martina
Thanks, Ulrike! I really love to interview talented photographers on 1x.
Alfredo Sanchez PRO
Spectacular interview , I am very glad to know more about you and your beautiful work!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!
Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Alfredo. I am very pleased about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Jrmgard Sonderer PRO
Ich freue mich riesig für dich liebe Martina. Ehre wem Ehre gebührt. Wunderbare Arbeiten in Bild und Wort. Auch einen herzlichen Dank an Yvette für die Vorstellung der tollen Fotografin. Herzliche Grüsse Jrmgard
Ganz herzlichen Dank für Deinen schönen Kommentar, liebe Jrmgard! Deine lobenden Worte freuen mich wirklich sehr! Lieben Gruß, Martina
Thank you so much for your appreciation, dear friend!
Nel Talen PRO
Hi Martine, What beautiful photos in your interview. Together with your story I got to know you a little better. Thank you for that. I hope for the future that you will take many beautiful photos and that we can enjoy them.
Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Nel. I am very pleased about. Warm greetings, Martina
Claudio Moretti PRO
Thanks Yavette, for this fantastic service on a talented photographer, Martina, where she puts poetry, pure poetry in addition to shooting.
Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Claudio. I am very pleased about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Thanks for your appreciation, Claudio ;-)
Alessandro Catta PRO
Wonderful portfolio ! All my best congrats to Martina for the excellent work and thanks to Yvette for featuring it to us
My pleasure to present such an artist, Alessandro ;-)
Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Alessandro. I am delighted about your appreciation. Warm greetings, Martina
Heidi Westum PRO
Amazingly many great photos with very good and special atmosphere. So thanks to both Martina and Yvette, and I must say I feel honored to be mentioned by Martina :):):)
Thanks for your huge appreciation, Heidi!
Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Heidi! it is a great honor to me. Warm regards, Martina
Congratulations being featured as Photographer of the week, Martina. Well deserved! Your work is so special and so beautiful. It's a pleasure to read more about you, dear! Cheers, Yvette
A heartfelt thank-you, dear Yvette! I'm really happy and very honored being featured as Photographer of the week. Thank you so much for your kind support, my friend. Warm regards, Martina
Thank you again for your kind words, dear Yvette. It is a pleasure to me!
Thierry Dufour PRO
Perfect pictures made with talent and a lot of poetry, superb work, magnificent interview. Congrats dear Martina, thank so much Yvette !!!
Thanks Thierry! It was a pleasure to do this interview with Martina!
Thank you so much for your kind comment, dear Thierry! Best regards, Martina
Udo Dittmann PRO
Liebe Martina, herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser verdienten Anerkennung. Ich freue mich riesig für dich. Liebe Grüße Udo
Ganz lieben Dank für Deine schönen Worte und Deine regelmäßige Wertschätzung meiner Arbeiten, lieber Udo! Freue mich sehr darüber. Herzliche Grüße, Martina
Larry Deng PRO
Thank you dear Yvette for your hard work and thank you Martina for your amazing images.
Thank you, dear Larry! Glad to put Martina in the spotlights through this interview ;-)
Thanks a lot for your kind words, dear Larry! I am very pleased. Warm greetings, Martina
Wayne Pearson PRO
Thank you Martina and Yvette for this excellent feature, absolutely beautiful creative work, and an inspiration to how we all visualise the world according to our own perspective.