Love of nature and photo technology

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Love of nature and photo technology

Alexander Ahrenhold goes photograph hunting with Tamron lenses. In order to get as close as possible to his motifs, he uses modern technology and his vast experience as a real North German nature boy.

Why did you become a photographer?

Alexander Ahrenhold: Even as a little boy, I was often outdoors. I did not go to nursery, because I preferred to support my father in his work as a forester. I have learnt a lot from this and have certainly also relieved my father immensely. When I earned my own money, I bought a camera. I wanted to make high-quality photos that depict the lived moment. Which I knew from the title images of countless hunting magazines. The closeness to the model thereby always fascinated me, and the details that became visible thereby, which remain hidden otherwise. Of course, it was a very long way until I could manage such images approximately, but the results became more useful over time. And it is this visible improvement of the quality and the proximity to the animals which now will not let go of me. 

To what do you attach special importance with your shots?

Alexander Ahrenhold: I often have an image in my head beforehand, which cannot be implemented readily. But now and again it happens that an image results how I imagine it. It is important to me with my images that they somehow appear neat. For images of deer, for example, I love it when the images contain a blurred foreground nebulisation and when the background is nicely resolved, so that nothing distracts me when I look at the image. I also like it very much to get very close to my motifs and I manage a portrait at best. If this is also very crisp and discloses all detail, I am overjoyed. I am very fond of a low sun with the images. The warm rays bathe the image in a beautiful red and give the image a very special mood. 

Where do you get the inspiration for new images?

Alexander Ahrenhold: I am often inspired by other photographers whose work I appreciate and which I like to look at. Although I do not copy these images, but a healthy mix of the skills of others and your own creativity can now and then result in a good image for me. But often I can choose the species and the environment. The design of the image and the direction of the sequence then often depends on the behaviour of my motif, and I simply have to try to make the best of the situation as quickly as possible.

Do you have photographic role models?

I do not have direct role models, but there are photographers whose work I really like and which I will look at again and again. I'll watch again and again. Here I am trying to figure out what exactly I like on a screen, as it sometimes are just little things that make an image special. I then try to consider and implement these details when photographing.

How important is technology to you?

Alexander Ahrenhold: Technology is of course essential if you want to take good pictures. With my diversified equipment, I can be more versatile in certain situations. I can be very enthusiastic about technology and feel my way to new areas through this. A field in which I have a burning interest is for example underwater photography.

What equipment do you use?

Alexander Ahrenhold: My Equipment has become quite extensive over time and consists of two camera bodies, one of which has an APS-C sensor and the other a full-frame sensor. Different lenses from Tamron then provide my photos in combination with the cameras. Additionally, my tripods from Rollei provide blur-free shots. Added to that are a lot of useful accessories such as cable release, reflector or a bean bag. Then I also have some special equipment such as a drone or a camera trap. However, a very important aid is the car, which brings me to my motifs. With my equipment, I make sure that my expectations are met.

ISO 100 or ISO 3200?

Alexander Ahrenhold: I would prefer, of course, if I could always shoot with ISO 100, as the noise of my cameras is at its lowest then. However, my motifs are often out and about very early or so late that I am happy if I can stay with ISO values below 2000. But I am not afraid to increase the ISO, as I prefer to have a noisy image compared to a blurred image. Some shots can then still be saved when processing them later on the computer. With macro photography or landscape shots, I mainly use ISO 100 to obtain shots as noise-free as possible. Insects sitting still and some static landscapes are also predestined for this.

At which location would you like to take photos?

Alexander Ahrenhold: There are quite a few. Often they are also places of which I have frequently seen spectacular images and I thus feel the need to also go there. Africa, Iceland, New Zealand and the Lofoten in Norway are, for example, are on the top of my wish list. However, I am also very attached to my domestic motifs, this is why I like to be on the prowl here in Germany.

Which impressions did you get from Tamron objectives?

Alexander Ahrenhold: I have been taking photos with Tamron for quite a while and I could capture some nice impressions with them without compromising on quality. Some of my favourite objectives are the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, the SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1: 1 VC USD and the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. I use these almost exclusively and I am happy with the results again and again. I will also use the Tamron lenses in the future as they have not yet let me down.

About the author: Alexander Ahrenhold

Alexander Ahrenhold, Jahrgang 1989, wuchs in Eckernförde an der Ostsee auf. Sein Vater war Förster, so dass er schon in jungen Jahren viel draußen unterwegs war und eine große Liebe zur Natur entwickelte. So war es nur folgerichtig, dass er sich als Fotograf auch auf die Themen Landschaft und Tierwelt spezialisiert hat. 

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