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De Kampina, Boxtel, the Netherlands

Robert-Paul Jansen is from the Netherlands, and he got started in photography in 2010, starting out with just an iPhone before moving on to more advanced camera gear. His submission includes photos from the De Kampina nature reserve near where he lives in Boxtel. What really blew me away about his submission is that the photos really resemble the landscape in south Texas, an area where I’ve spent a lot of time over the years. The dry, tall grasses, and fields of horses look like places I’ve seen dozens of times, and he mentions that many people say the place reminds them of Africa. Robert-Paul was chosen by featured photographer Atle Rønningen.


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Tell us about the location in the photos.

“De Kampina” is a natural reserve just a few kilometers from where I live. The Kampina is a very special place with various sorts of landscapes like large woodlands, fens and heather fields in the late summer stretching as far as your eye can see. Some people say it reminds them of Africa. I go there once a month, preferably very early on a Sunday morning so I know I’ll be alone in that large and open landscape. Because of the varied landscape I always get various sorts of photos; I love going there and once a month really isn’t enough to be honest. It’s a great way to have a great walk and just be there in a sort of two hour long trance. I’ll only be enjoying nature and thinking about getting the shot.

How did you get started in photography?

I got into photography just for that exact reason above. To escape the big bad world for a bit, to relax and release the stress from the work week. I just started to go out with my bike and my iPhone, had fun with all the existing apps that were released and learned a lot by using just that small sensor camera. After a while I bought my first DSLR, the Nikon D40. I started to take the exact same route every single week, on Sunday morning. I was amazed with all the new details I discovered every week on this rather limited route. That made me see the beauty of photography.

Does anything in particular influence your photography style?

There are many great photographers who have influenced me these past four years. I really love this era where we can follow all these photographers, well-known or not, and see new photographs every single day. Photos from Oslo, New-York, Melbourne or from the Netherlands itself, a constant stream of beautiful, refreshing and inspiring work. I’m also part of Stocksy, an artist owned stock photography cooperation and this really is the place I go to get inspired. Some of the photographers who inspire me these days are Johnny & Rebecca Patience, Finn BealesAtle Rønningen, and newly descovered Jacob Howard to name just a few.

What photography gear do you use?

These photos are all taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the magnificent 56mm f/1.2 lens. I also have got the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens and the Fujifilm X100s camera with fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens. The X100s is always with me, love that little camera. The Fujis are well build yet relatively light weighted, so they won’t kill your back while on exploration. All my gear fit in the Ona Bowery bag.

I process my photos in Lightroom and lately have been using the Rebecca Lily presets, like I have used on all these photographs.

Quite recently, after winning a 1976 Canon AE-1 with several rolls of film, I started using film cameras which has been a joy. I definitely will keep on using them and can’t wait to buy my first medium format camera.

I also use the iPhone 5 a lot, these photos are shared on my Instagram.

Are there any products you swear by?

Well being outside all the time on exploration you really can’t go without a simple cleaning cloth and some extra batteries. When you have these, you’ll be able to cope with everything.

What is your dream adventure photography location?

My dream destination.. that’s difficult question. There are so many places I would love to visit.. but I love mountains and mist so my top dream destinations are Scotland, Norway or Iceland.

Information:

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Name Robert-Paul Jansen
Location Gemonde, The Netherlands
Featured In Issue Seven - September 2014
Gear & Equipment Cameras: Fujifilm X-T1, X100s, Canon AE-1 (film), iPhone 5, Lenses: Fuji 56mm f/1.2, Fuji 35mm f/1.4
Websites Portfolio, Instagram, Stocksy, Twitter, Flickr
Chosen By Atle Rønningen


2 Comments

  1. Great to learn more about you and your background getting into photography. Love what you said about “escape the big bad world”. Fantastic selection of photographs too! Keep up the great work RP. Hugs from a fan.

  2. Thanx Robert-Paul for the amazing pictures of our most beautiful southern proporty. Our organisation, Natuurmonumenten, has more beautiful properties but this is one of the most import landscapes. I’m glad to be work here as one of the foresters. Also many people who come along with me on one of mine excursions, come back later too enjoy again this beautiful Kampina.
    For you I’ll hope that you will make more beautiful picture so that the world can see how beautiful Kampina is.

    With kind regards,
    Frans Kapteijns

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