Closeup as it is

Macrographs, do they exist? A quick search on any search engine confirms that in fact they are not there, but we believe that this is not true. Meet Andrew George, a Dutch wildlife photographer and travel photographer who sees things in a very different way.

Andrew began to realize the value of wildlife at an early age. And in 2002 he visited Iceland and truly imbued with the local landscapes. Iceland’s nature touched him so much that he wanted to visually perpetuate this beauty. Soon he went to the course in photography, where he realized that his real passion was a macro photo.
“When I was very young, I was already interested in nature and its beauty. Together with my father, a passionate gardener, and my uncle, a biologist, I studied the nature of the local forests. I took a lot of pictures. Then one day, when I decided to shoot with a macro lens, I discovered what seemed to me to be a "completely new world." I could see nature as no one could with the naked eye, I was amazed and madly into it. ”
Although Andrew’s main activity is medicine, he considers himself a semi-professional wildlife photographer. Driven by pure passion for photography, Andrew participated in some of the most influential contests and won awards. We learned about his photos all over the world, thanks to competitions he got a chance to shoot really interesting photo projects, made useful contacts, got publications and participated in exhibitions.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 3.5
Exposure: 1/80
ISO: 250
Focal length: 50 mm
When it comes to macro photography, Andrew’s main inspiration is a combination of enjoying and understanding the value of nature around. But this is not enough: “There is not enough inspiration from nature. As a photographer, I have to follow my heart and stick to my own vision. In addition, perseverance is important! A good combination of all these elements will lead to stunning photos. ”
Andrew really likes to visit the same places near the house, but in different seasons and weather conditions. So he seeks to constantly improve his knowledge, both in the field of shooting wildlife, and in identifying its patterns and understanding of how this is all better removed.
Andrew's interest is not limited to wildlife.He is attracted to other subjects: interesting light, colors, contrast, structures, patterns and much more.

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 16
Exposure time: 1/200
ISO: 160
Focal length: 50 mm

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 5
Exposure: 1/250
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50 mm

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 2.2
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure time: 1/1000
ISO: 200
“I like to look at small objects, like a tiny landscape or my own world. The concept of "less - more" plays a big role in my photo. The subject should stand out from the rest, and the environment should be less dominant or a bit dreamy. ”

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 8
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/250
ISO: 200
“Like many photographers, I like to experiment with different shooting points and lenses. Using a large aperture is very important for creating a dreamy background. And it contributes to a great bokeh.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 2.2
Focal length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/3200
ISO: 100
“If possible, I try to shoot the same subject in different weather or light conditions.This is a continuous process that penetrates my heart and head, develops new ideas and combines experiments with past themes. This is like a sixth sense. ”

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 1.8
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/250
ISO: 200
For Andrew, scheduling planning begins very well in advance. Usually Andrew goes to the chosen place before sunrise. “Early in the morning, nature slowly wakes up, and the light becomes soft, and then gradually intensifies. Mist and dew-covered insects are easier to photograph because they cannot walk or fly. When I see an interesting scene, I photograph for several hours before returning home. After a break and a snack, I charge the batteries and upload photos from that morning. Depending on the weather, I go out again before or after sunset for the next round. I take pictures two or three times a week, taking pictures of several hours at different times of the day and night. ”

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 5
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/250
ISO: 400
Andrew is making only minor adjustments to the post-processing. “I take my photos in RAW, so I have the most control and permission.I usually adjust (if necessary) white balance, levels, curves, some color saturation. Another area to focus on is shadows and highlights (for better detail).
“For me personally, post-processing is an opportunity to get an idea of ​​how to improve a particular image the next time I return to the same place. It’s not about making a photo perfect, but how I can improve my technique and learn more about nature and wildlife. ”
Andrew chooses the new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f / 1.4 without much hesitation: "This is definitely the perfect lens for shooting my macro objects in local forests."
Andrew recently launched a new series of “Art Amphibians”. For amphibians, water is a constantly present background, and these are endless possibilities for experiments with macro photography.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f / 1.8D
Aperture: f / 8
Focal length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/6
ISO: 400
More Andrew works can be found on his website.

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