Visions In Nature: Robert Servranckx's Profile

Robert ServranckxMy name is Robert Servranckx, and I live in a quiet suburb of Montreal, Quebec, with my wife Johanne. I've had a life-long interest for nature and wildlife, and have channelled this into a passion for nature photography.

Like many nature photographers, I have a day job that pays the bills. For me, this means work in the IT industry, as a Team Manager and Project Manager for Cactus Commerce.

My photographic journey started later in life, in September 2004, with the acquisition of a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera, a number of quality Canon lenses, and other photographic equipment.

Despite being a late bloomer on the photography front, I've won numerous photography contests and prizes in a very short time behind the lens. My images have been published in Nature's Best Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine, PhotoLife and many others. My photographs are available for licensing via the following stock agencies: Oxford Scientific, Visuals Unlimited, Okapia and Outside Imagery.

In case you are wondering, this web site was created from scratch by yours truly...

Photo Philosophy

Although I consider myself a "generalist" when it comes to nature photography, I am most interested in landscapes. The reason is that it requires the combination of technical expertise and know-how, impeccable technique, compositional artistry, and plenty of patience. It is critically important to master the understanding of exposure, how to get a very sharp image, how to effectively use filters, and to develop a strong artistic ability in order to produce visually pleasing images of high quality. I find that I get a great sense of inner peace when I'm out alone, shooting landscapes; I'm forced to slow down, and be deliberate to get the shot. This suits me.

I will combine whatever techniques necessary to get the image I want to obtain, although I definitely prefer to minimize the time spent behind the computer in order to maximize the time I spend behind the camera. Because of this, I value the use of high quality photographic filters, and tend to favour Singh-Ray filters. Despite their costs, filters are definitely worthwhile. I will also occasionally blend multiple exposures or use HDR techniques, but my goal is always to strive for a visually beautiful image that reflects what I saw (or felt!) when I was shooting the image.

Yes, I "manipulate" images in my RAW converter (Adobe Camera Raw 5.x), and sometimes in Photoshop CS4 also. But the idea is to reproduce what my eyes saw and what my heart felt in the field.

Writings

I love writing about photography, and I invite you to read the Sojourns In Nature Blog, co-authored with my friend and business partner Gustav W. Verderber. I am also a contributor to the Singh-Ray blog - Singh-Ray are makers of top-quality photographic filters.

Please contact me if you are interested in my photography-related writing.

You may find the following articles of interest:

Singh-Ray Blog

Sojourns In Nature Blog

Gear

Camera Bodies

  • Canon EOS 5D MkII
  • Canon EOS 20D
Lenses
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
  • Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM
  • Canon 1.4x Extender
  • Canon 500D Diopter

Filters

  • Singh-Ray LB Neutral Polarizer (77mm)
  • Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer (77mm)
  • Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density 3-stop hard edge (4" x 6")
  • Singh-Ray Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral Density 3-stop soft edge (4" x 6")
  • Singh-Ray George Lepp 4-stop Neutral (Density 4" x 6")
  • Hoya Moose Warming Polarizer (77mm)
  • B+W Polarizer (105mm)
  • Lee Graduated Neutral Density 2-stop hard-edge (4" x 6")
  • Lee Filter System

Support

  • Gitzo GT3541LS 6x Carbon Fiber tripod
  • Gitzo G1340 tripod
  • Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead
  • Markins M10 ballhead

Odds and Ends

  • Canon 550EX Flash
  • Kenko Extension Tubes
  • Westcott Micro Apollo Diffuser
  • Wimberley Flash Brackets (Telephoto/Macro Combo)
  • Lowepro Nature Trekker Backpack
  • Think Tank Skin Set Modular System
  • Better Beamer Flash Extender
  • Epson Style Photo R2400 Inkjet Printer

Questions?

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, want to chat, or for any other reason. I will get back to you.

Rob


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