Ein Interview mit Siebe Warmoeskerken
Ich würde einmal behaupten, dass die meisten von Euch die Fotos von Siebe Warmoeskerken (twitter) schon kennen, da ich vor nicht allzulanger Zeit über ihn berichtet habe. Nun hatte ich letzte Woche die Ehre, ihn per Email ein paar Fragen zu stellen und Siebe hat sich die Zeit genommen, darauf einzugehen. Viel Spaß damit!
Okay, Siebe – you are 21 – when & how did you start your journey with the camera?
It all started back in 2004, I bought my first digital camera a simple compact Olympus C-350.. Soon I found the macro button and the only thing I did those days was shooting macro with swallow depth of fields..
After 2 years of heavy usage I bought my second camera again a compact, the Sony W50 more pixels and more compact. I bought the sony because this camera has the closest macro focus back in those days..
I used the Sony for half a year before I switched to a „superzoom“ camera, I choose the Lumix FZ8 because it shoots RAW and the lens technology was made by Leica.. This camera was the Eye opener for me and was basically my „learn book“ by using and testing all the settings you normaly see on SLR cameras like aperture with, shutter time, with balance..
In 2008 I bought my first real SLR camera it was the rare Sigma SD14 with the Sigma 30mm 1.4 HSM objective.. I choose this camera because it was high-end for the price of a Canon d400.. The Sigma was a perfect camera to learn how to shoot with a SLR, It’s a basic and simple camera without all the simple shoot funtions or scene options.. The sigma truly learned me how to shoot with manual settings. The only downside of the Sigma Sd14 was the ISO performance with the simga I just could shoot above ISO 200 without noise.. This limited my creativity in photography so much that I choose to buy a new camera in stead of waiting for the new
In march this year I bought the Nikon D700 with the Nikkor 50mm 1.4G it was my biggest investment ever but truly the best investment I ever made. I choose the D700 above the Canon 5D Mk2 because the Nikon shoots faster, has a better high iso performance,the color tones are less saturated and it can handle extreme conditions.
Everyone knows that you work with your 50mm 1.4 only – why is that?
Hah now your asking me something, When I bought my SD14 with the 30mm I had the idea to buy zoom-lenses later on but that just never happened.. The wide range of possibilities with a standard prime lens are just enough for me.. just use your creative mind and you’ll see that you can do the same with a 50mm as with a 24-70.. for wide angle just merge 2 photos and for zoom just crop the photo a bit.
Don’t you sometimes think: „Oh, if I just had a XYmm“? That’s what I’d think….
Hmm no the mm doesn’t matter at all for me.. I just look at the quality of bokeh and sharpness.. for example I would love to mount the Canon 50mm f/0.95 some day on my D700 in stead of trying a new fancy 300mm prime..
Are you planning to shoot with the 50mm for your whole life? That would be pretty unusual!
Hahaha no, would be funny if I did but I couldn’t resist the looks and results of the Nikkor 85mm 1.4D that I bought recently. It’s my 2nd lens but might also be my last. The lens just gives me all I ever wanted. Huge soft and creamy bokeh, massive sharpness and no visible Chromatic Abbiration.
Siebe, are there some techniques that suit for all your images? Which are they? Looks like you’re much into toning, right?
I have some techniques that I use a lot for editing my images but none of them are „standard“ one click actions.. each photo takes me at least 30 minutes to edit.. Basically it are a few steps that I run trough… most of the times I create 5 or more cross processing layers, those layers will be blended over the original photo with different masks and blending options, cropping and transforming the photo for a better framing many times I use the 1/3 rule and adding sharpness to the photo to reveal „hidden“ bokeh..
Where/how did you learn this techniques?
My uncle works for the news paper and he gave a photoshop class for 6 weeks to my dad and a few cousins back in 2004.. during these classes they where working hard learning how to use the basic photoshop tools like the clonestamp or masking layers.. Ever time my uncle gave these classes I peeked to see how it worked and tried them myself on my own pc.. Soon I saw how simple photoshop basically was and began to develop myself by testing all the features and watching photoshop videos on Youtube and reading simple tutorials about retouching and color mapping.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now in terms of your photographic career?
Hmm thats a tricky question but I love to see myself living as a full time photographer for magazines (living, life style) and advertisement.
If there is would be someone out there who’s a beginner and like to take similar photographs like yours, which 3 tips would you give him/her?
If I could give the beginners 3 tips, #1 start with a simple setup and buy a body with a prime lens.. with a limited setup your much more creative and you’ll get to know the limits of your camera. #2 publish your work wherever you can.. The comments you get by publishing your work can help you developing your photography skills #3 Be different, don’t try to imitate a well know photographer but create your own style/mark by using the work of others as inspiration for your own.