Ken Rabbers took his first professional photograph nearly 50 years ago. Cameras improved and processing turned digital over the years, as his work in color and black-and-white images evolved into exceptional art.
“Ever since I can remember, I’ve admired those who could compose a photo of a natural scene that would give me great pleasure and a desire to see the location in person, or to wonder what the photographer had to do to get a particular shot,” he says. “I wanted to be there and see it for myself. I still get that feeling today, and I want to give that feeling to those who view my photos.”
A contemplative artist, Ken finds inspiration in nature, architecture and landscapes.
“I love getting outside and viewing our natural environment in differing light. The soft glow of early morning and late evening, eerie fog, star-lit skies, a golden moon, those special times of day,” he says. “I rarely add color while processing my digital negatives. Instead, I coax the colors and hues that nature has provided to achieve the look that my mind interpreted when I captured an image.”
Technical perfection is a goal, but Ken’s quest is pressing the shutter when he finds the “decisive moment” — that fleeting second in outdoor photography when the light becomes absolutely perfect. Getting the shot when the light is just right makes for good photography.
“I like to look for different perspectives from which to compose a shot. I am constantly trying to learn, and to improve my techniques to better express what my mind sees when I compose a shot,” he adds.
It’s really just a matter of interpretation.
“My images and prints are a representation of what my eyes see, my camera captures and my mind interprets,” he says.
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