Interview with Caroline Lohrmann of www.shavethewhales.net
The Hamburg travel blogger Caroline Lohrmann, Shavethewhales.net, writes with a keen sense about her adventures around the globe. Her texts are profound and offer an open, humorous look at foreign countries and cultures. Her photos are evidence of her eye for style and beauty. A Tamron 10-24mm ultra wide angle zoom is always part of the luggage. We asked Caroline what she has learnt about photography on her tours.
Caroline Lohrmann: For almost two years. It started as a private hobby. And then it gave me far too much fun to stop again.
Hm, I have never counted them, maybe 50, roughly. However, I don’t think that such a number is very meaningful, it is more important for me to take the time to get to know a country properly.
It is sometimes enough if I see a nice picture of a place, I then check how to get there and just drive off. Sometimes I have regretted not to have planned my journey at all, sometimes it was very good just because of this.
No, I have tried it, for living, Germany is best.
At the Baltic Sea. After ages again on a German beach. I am becoming more and more a friend of quiet, deserted beaches, that was exactly the right thing.
The love of travel. The longer I have travelled, the more I wanted to capture the many special moments and encounters so as to have something like a personal history book. I am working on this to date and come a little closer to my goal with every journey and every photo.
The most answer heard to what makes a good image is probably that it has to have a story. I see this differently. To me, an image is beautiful if it touches its viewers, no matter how.
I think I notice many details. That is often annoying in real life. I can be distracted quickly and often notice myself sitting somewhere forever and watch bumblebees or small beetles. I can live out this quirk when taking photos, and have something like a justification to devote myself to seemingly unimportant things.
Mainly for landscape photos. Thus exactly what I photograph the most.
The short focal length of the objective enables a very large viewing angle. You thereby have more of a feeling of standing right in the image. I can thus simultaneously capture the heaven above and the ocean at my feet, which reproduces the expanse of a landscape much better.
Yes, any photo does this - especially those which are no good. My view has additionally adjusted itself to the objective since I have had it. My photographic eye looks for things that look good in the wide angle objective.
I do not like to lug things and I am rather a tripod grouch. Nearly all of my time exposures originated on walls, steps, my handbag and other suitable deposits.
My next journey is not as yet planned, this always happens very spontaneously. But I definitely want to go to Japan...
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