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My name is David Herreman, living in Belgium, a small country in Europe, directly above France. I have always loved nature and beautiful scenery, that’s probably why I was attracted to photography.
As a child, I was already impressed by the beauty of nature and the power released in the sky during storms. I remember the day, I was about 7 years old, when I was perched in a tree for admiring the sunset and the moment is still imbedded in my memory. It was as if I shared this moment with the author of these things. It was more than visual, it was an emotional moment.
Few years after, I received my first camera from my parents at Christmas. That was a great day! But time passed quickly until my teens. After my studies in computer science, I came accros inspiring photographs that have resurrected in me that wonderful moment from my early years. I then decided to get into photography again with my first DSLR.
A few months after posting my photos on social networks, my work was noticed and appreciated by many around the world until my work began to be published. I then decided to get involved in photography until now!
My favorite subject is landscapes. I almost never shot landscapes when the sky is completely blue. Cloud formation is very important to me and is enhanced by the use of a wide angle lens. This is why my Sigma 10–20mm almost never leaves my camera!
Whatever the technique used (HDR, DRI, ND-GRAD filter), I always use a tripod when possible. As wrote John Fielder, a tripod and cable release of the shutter are as important to the landscape photographer as the shovel is to a ditch digger.
One of my favorite filter is the B&W 77mm #110 3.0 (1000×) Neutral Density Filter giving great results for long exposures! Also I often use Cokin-like graduated ND filters in order to darken bright sky so that both the sky and subject can be properly exposed.
What about the creativity?
I think you cannot be creative if you do not have inspiration first. I love simplicity and when I’m in front of a cornfield, I need inspiration before releasing creativity into the composition. You have to be open to look at things in ways you normally don’t look at them.
I think also that creativity is a natural talent that can be developed. Sometimes, ideas and inspiration come when I look at beautiful photographs published on social networks or magazines and then the personal creativity can be expressed on based of these ideas or inspiration. Sometimes the result will not meet expectations but as Edwin Land said, the essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail!