Interview with Silvia Reiche

Silvia Reiche

Date of birth: 13th of July 1969

How did you become passionate about nature photography?

The nature part was already in my genes and I started with (nature) photography at the age of 11 during a holiday in Austria. At that age, I found out that looking at my pictures gave me a lot of pleasure and happiness.

What do you take with you on a photo shoot?

It depends on the distance of my trip but next to my camera I always carry a tripod, beanbag, macro lens and a good sense of humor!

What subject do you prefer to photograph and why?

My big passion and love are butterflies in all stages: they tell a story and reflect the beauty and vulnerability of our planet. Next to butterflies I photograph other insects, spiders, amphibians, flowers, toadstools and much more.

What is your favorite nature reserve?

I don’t have one. Mostly I stay close to home as I do not have much time available. As in the Netherlands every square meter has its function and because some nature area’s are very crowded, I try to travel to France once a year to enjoy the rough and neglected nature.

What is your favorite shooting position?

Eye to eye with the subject!

Which nature photographer do you admire?

I don’t have a name. For me, it is not important who made the picture but which message and/or story it brings. I like photographers with enthusiasm who really care about nature and have something to contribute as human being.

What quality must a nature photographer absolutely have?

In the first place love and respect for nature and in the second place patience together with enthusiasm and a certain kind of creativity.

Which light situation do you prefer?

Soft and warm light around sunrise and/or sunset.

Which setting do you prefer: Manual-Aperture Priority-Shutter Priority?

Manual aperture 100%

In percentage terms how much time do you take to create an image and to process the image?

At home I don’t have much time available so the picture must be ‘perfect’ in the field. Sometimes I have a picture in mind and due to the weather circumstances it costs me years to get it and sometimes I have ‘the’ picture within a few seconds. It’s unpredictable, like mother nature!

Which processing program do you use?

RAW-converter from Canon and Adobe Photoshop.

Do you have any advice for future nature photographers?

Always follow your own passion and be critical and strict to yourself!


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