Marinus Wieten has always been fascinated by photography. He started with photography when he was 15 years old, and built his first darkroom when he was 17.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
In the seventies of last century, I took a two year course at the Photo Academy, followed by a four-year professional photographer training in the eighties. Shortly after that, I opened my own studio and carried out assignments for business purposes.
My photographic work included products, advertising, reproductions and architecture.
In the late nineties, I closed the studio and started to do sports photography, especially in football. For seven years, I worked as a freelance sports photographer, and photographed several Dutch football and Champions League matches.
After that, I focused entirely on mys passion: nature and landscape photography.
Why did you start taking photos?
I started with photography to show others the beauty of nature, especially nature and landscape, the parts that they see daily but not notion the beauty of it.
And that passion has stayed with me now for more than 45 years.
What is your secret when photographing landscape?
As with all the things I photograph I try to see it not only with my eyes, but see it with my hart ( or mind).
Try to be one with the subject, if its a landscape or a autumn leaf – see it already as finished with your mind, before you take the image.
Your work with clouds is really stunning. How do you catch the character of weather and landscape?
I always was fascinated by clouds and before I leave my house I begin by taking a look at the sky. And when you really do this for a long period of time you know when the sky will change into great clouds or heavy weather.
At the time I leave my house. I always like to capture the tremendous difference between the little human in comparison with the clouds. Always searching for the best.
You also do amazing black and white photos. How is black and white different from the creative perspective?
Black and white gives your images a creative factor that you never achieved with color, I wrote a complete ebook about this fact and the beauty of black and white.
Its called “Guide to Creative Black and White Photography” and people can download this eBook for Free from my blog website.
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working on?
As you see in my biography, I like many parts of photography, every part has is own charm, but as I look to my past as a studio photographer the advertisement photography was something I loved to do.
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use and how do you select your equipment?
Hasselblad and Nikon, I use the Hasselblad more in combination with the tripod, the Nikon is more for handheld captures – so easy to travel.
I have e lot of objectives from wide angle to tele.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start taking landscape photos?
Start with controlling exposure, this is the most important thing and beginner photographers are not always sure about how to control this effectively.
They depend too much on the automatic exposure settings of the camera and that’s does not always give the right results.
The second tip is, learn to take a real close look at the images you like so much, taken by top photographers. Not only like what you see but take a close look how the image is taken, composition and lighting.
Every image you see, you must see it always in two ways, what you like in it, and how this is captured.
That’s the best way to make progress in your own way of be a great photographer.
Thanks Marinus for your great insight and the amazing photography!
Please check out Marinus website for more of his work:
…and his blog for the free eBooks: