I've always been drawn to the great outdoors. On camping trips as a kid, I was always there with my camera capturing the places I've been and what I have seen. I enjoyed looking back at those photos and remembering those moments. After working my way through college studying Information Technology, I ended up in the field as an IT Administrator. Whenever I needed a vacation from the technicalities of the computer world, I chose the great outdoors as my destination. Nature relaxes me. It slows down my life and simplifies things. Still being a techie though, I wanted high-tech gear to carry along, so I bought a DSLR camera. After realizing the camera alone cannot take great pictures, I used photography to exercise my right brain which had been heavily weighted to the left for so many years. Since then, I have found a passion in exploring my creative side, which I never knew existed, and combined it with one of my all-time favorite places-- Nature. Since leaving the IT field to become a stay at home Dad to my 3 beautiful daughters, I've begun to take photography a little more seriously. My current focus is landscapes in southern Michigan with the occasional venture further out. I spend most of my time waking up hours before sunrise, hiking trails, visiting parks and exploring natural landscapes in search of hidden gems. I love creating dynamic images from simple scenes found in the area and using these simple scenes to further discover and explore my creative visions using the camera as my tool.
I strive to create dynamic images mostly by utilizing lighting and composition. My objective is to draw people's focus into my images. I do this by strategically placing objects in the frame to lead your eyes around the image and stay for a while. I go to places to take pictures at specific times of the day when the lighting is optimal for the shot. I wait hours for the right lighting sometimes and have even come back to a location several times before capturing the light just right so the scene is shown according to the vision I create in my head. I don't just take photos, I create scenes and try to bring you into them as if you are there.
© Daniel Frei Photography