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Brigitte Nietsch: Photographer of the week

by Yvette Depaepe 

Brigitte Nietsch's portfolio is very inspiring when it comes to animal photography as well as architecture photography.  Her pictures are convincing because of the high technical level but also because of the wonderful artistic form.  To Brigitte, Photography is passion and pure relaxation.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful work on 1x and for taking the time for this interview, dear friend!  

'Blyth's Hornbill'

Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
I live in Düsseldorf and currently enjoy a well-earned retirement. For many years,
I was in charge of the clerical administration department in a large furniture store.

What first attracted you to photography?
Since 2011, I am almost every day in search for motifs in architecture, in the wild or in the zoo. People already asked me if I was living in the zoo.
For me it has become clear that I love animals and spending a lot of time in the zoo with them. I enjoy watching them, talking with them , all with the intention of  photographing them.
The best moment to photograph animals is in the morning when nobody is in the zoo.
Than you will be rewarded with very special moments: moments to never forget!

'The most beautiful monkey, I know ....'

This Rotschenklige Kleideraffe (Red-crested Duck Monkey) is always the highlight in the Köln zoo for me.  He is the last of his kind living in Europe.

'Photoshoot of Lea and Suria'

Lea likes to show her daughter Suria

'Being mom is not easy'


'he has it on it, like a model ...'


'Color flash for dark days ..'


'silent sepia'

Three years ago, the winter was very cold and the animals were not outdoors.  I decided to try out architecture and abstract photography.  I still have a lot to learn to improve my skills in this category.

'Perfect wave'

'Der Einschlag ...'

'Spiegelungen / reflections

'underway in the underground'

'Underground ...'

I also like to search for my motifs in architecture where light and shades as well as perspective are important.  My photo 'Timetunnel' is a good example and for me, a successful view.

'Timetunnel ...'


'vibrations ...'

What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
My equipment to photograph animals are a LumixG9 and a Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm lens (+ my tripod).
For architecture and abstract photography, I use a Lumixgx8 with an Olympus12-40mm and an Olympus 7-14mm lens.

What is your most important advice to a beginner in Animal Photography and how do you get started?
My advice for beginners: never ever lose your patience because not every shot is successful.  It takes a lot of practice and stamina.  But when it works,look at the result.  This is Ernst, the Mandrill.

'The greeting'

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
My favourite photo and the beginning of my career is:

'Little dreamer with button eyes'

This little Andean bear was laying at the top of 'his' tree. I thought he was sleeping but when I looked at  the picture on my PC, I saw that he was watching me.

Many thanks to Yvette and the editors who introduced me through this interview.

Brigitte Nietsch


Stunning photography Brigitte. Congratulations with this interesting interview. Keep on the nice work.
Thank you very much, Marc, for your appreciative words. Thank you, I am glad more..! Best regards Brigitte
Either wild vivid vibrant imaged or black and white architecture both are amazing
Many thanks.., Ahmed!
Congratulations Brigitte for your magnificent photos and thanks to Ivette for the interview ..
Many thanks, dear Natalia !
The pictures of Brigitte are an ode to animals, I love his work. Thank you so much Yvette for this interview and thank you dear Brigitte for sharing with us your sublime pictures !!!
Many thanks dear Thierry.. !
Thanks, Thierry ;-)
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Brigitte, zu dieser grossen Anerkennung. Danke auch an Yvette für dieses Interview.
Vielen Dank Franz, freut mich sehr !
Thanks, dear Franz ;-)
I'm glad to know a bit more about your work which I admire a lot. Best regards, dear Brigitte!
It's a small piece, but I'm happy about this interview. Warm regards..., dear Jorge!
Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dem verdienten feature, insbesondere deine emotionalen Tierbilder sprechen mich immer sehr an! Freue mich auch schon auf das retirement..liebe Grüsse ulrike thanks a lot dear Yvette for the wonderful interview. Thanks Yvette for the wonderful interview!
It is a real pleasure to see how much the 1x members like this interview, Ulrike. A well deserved feature for Brigitte ;-)
Herzlichen Dank, liebe Ulrike, für Deine wertschätzenden Worte. Liebe Grüsse Brigitte
Da kann man nur den Hut ziehen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu dieser besonderen Ehrung. Viele Grüße Jörg
Herzlichen Dank.., Jörg.
Congratulations with this fine interview and the overview of your work Brigitte :-)
Many thanks…, Luc !
Congrats with this beautiful interview ,Brigitte.
Many thanks.., dear Saskia!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch liebe Brigitte zum Photographer of the Week!! Finde es sehr spannend etwas die Person hinter den Aufnahmen zu erfahren ! Vielen Dank ! Auch einen Dank an Yvette, die dies uns hier hervorragend ermöglicht ! liebe Grüße anette
Herzlichen Dank liebe Anette für Deine anerkennenden Worte, die ich sehr schätze. Liebe Grüsse Brigitte
Thank you, dear Anette ;-)
Bravo! Beautiful and inspiring!
Thank you so much.., Patrick!
I enjoyed reading the interview, perhaps because I am also a retired person that loves photography. Your works are excellent, I was impressed by your architecture photos, which inspired me. Congratulations for your excellent works!
Many thanks.., Francisco.
ich freue mich hier an dieser Stelle etwas über Dich und Deine Leidenschaft Photographie zu erfahren. Sehr spannend gemacht und mit exquisiter Bildauswahl. Gratuliere Dir liebe Brigitte und many thanks to Yvette for her work as an interviewer. Regards Wolfgang
Thank you so much, Hans-Wolfgang!
Herzlichen Dank für Deine wertschätzenden Wort.., lieber Wolfgang!
Herzlichen Dank für die besondere Ehre der Vorstellung als Photograph of the week. Ganz besonders gilt mein Dank an Yvette...! Thank you for the special honor of being a photographer of the week. Especially my thanks to Yvette ...! Warm regards Brigitte
You're more than welcome, dear Brigitte! A pleasure for all of us to know better as the person behind beautiful work ;-)
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur verdienten Anerkennung. Ich freue mich riesig für dich!
Danke Udo, freut mich sehr !
So nice to see your works recognized, Brigitte. Congrat´s, they are beautiful.
Many thanks.., António !
Herzlichen Glückwunsch liebe Brigitte zum Photographer of the Week! LG Roland
Danke Roland, es war schon eine Überraschung für mich ! LG Brigitte
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Photographer of the Week!!
Danke Franco für Deine Glückwünsche !