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Name: Franka Slothouber
Picture title: Black Walnut
Category: Black & white
Nationality:
 Netherlands
Occupation: Hobby photographer

Technical information
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 14mm F2.8
EXIF: ISO 100, f2.8, 1/100 sec
Other info: Handheld shot, standing as close to the tree as I could get.

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Franka Slothouber | Black walnut

Name: Franka Slothouber
Picture title: Black Walnut
Category: Black & white
Nationality:
 Netherlands
Occupation: Hobby photographer

Technical information
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 14mm F2.8
EXIF: ISO 100, f2.8, 1/100 sec
Other info: Handheld shot, standing as close to the tree as I could get.

Franka says:

Last spring I discovered an arboretum in my hometown Amsterdam. I never would have guessed it, but cemetery ‘De Nieuwe Ooster’, which I had been visiting before occasionally to photograph birds, turned out to be an arboretum too.

The moment I knew this, I started to visit the graveyard on a regular basis. Very easy, by bike, carrying a few camera’s and lenses in the back. Just looking around in order to get familiar with the trees. This black walnut tree struck me as particularly beautiful. The shape of its leaves, the structures of the trunk, I simply loved it.

I took this photo with the the widest wide-angle lens in my possession: a 14mm, trying to capture the features I described above by pointing the camera (handheld) up to the crown, creating a sense of depth.

Because of its graphic appearance I decided to process this photo in black & white, to emphasize the shapes and structures of the tree.

About Franka:

About Franka:

Netherlands

My name is Franka Slothouber. I was born in May 1961 and raised in a family of designers, an environment with more attention to graphic beauty then to nature.

After finishing my study as a social worker I have spend about 25 years at the Dutch national press agency ANP, working as a photo editor and managing public relations on a number of photo projects. I must have edited thousands of professional photos before I picked up the camera myself in 2007.

My preference to look for subjects in nature, combined with my upbringing amongst design stuff and work experience at ANP, resulted into a mix of clear and graphic compositions and attention to subtle details.

Website: www.frankaslothouber.nl

 

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