Meet ViewBug community member Hasmix. Christoph is a photographer based in Germany who loves  the possibility to capture things you can't see with your bare eyes like stars, light trails, starry night skies or extreme long exposures. Enjoy our conversation with him.

the edge of gunlom by hasmonaut

What are you trying to communicate when someone looks at your photos?

I love the nature and landscapes and I love to have an experience behind a beautiful shot. Thats why I like to shoot at night. Many places are crowded by hundreds of people because they are just so amazing you have to see them. But all this places are completely empty at night and than it "belongs" just to you. But thats the difficult part. All my favorite shots mean a lot to me because I have a personal connection to them and I'm always stunned if my pictures mean something to strangers. I'm just trying to document processes and to show known places of the world in a slightly different way.

spaceship by hasmonaut

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be?

I absolutely love the Sigma 10mm/f2.8 Fisheye. Its sharpness and ability to catch as much light as possible is amazing. It's my favourite lens when it's about nightskies. It also gives a kind of surreal look to my landscapes.

star cliff by hasmonaut

What is it that you love about photography?

What I love most is the possibility to capture things you can't see with your bare eyes like stars  and light trails, starry night skies or extreme long exposures. I love to capture movements of all sorts. Many of my pictures are multiple exposures as well, so I sometimes make hundreds of shots of one scene and combine them on my computer. I also like this part because it's a bit like back in the old days when you had to develop pictures in a dark room. It's always amazing to see the result after hours of work. Well, if it's a good shot of course.

atlantic ocean road by hasmonaut

What has photography done for you?

Some of my greatest adventures and moments are caused by the desire to take a picture and all the feedback I got led to even bigger adventures. I think thats the greatest part about it.

What are your 3 tips for others who want to become better photographers?

- Get inspired by other photographers.
- Google always knows an answer.
- Go the hell out and shoot as much as you can, there is no other way to improve.

recharging uluru by hasmonaut

Where did you learn to take photos?

I learned all of it pretty much by myself. But I also visited lots of workshops, seminars, read a lot in magazines or the internet.

What do you carry in your camera bag?

In my bag is:
-Canon EOS 70D
-Sigma 10mm/f2.8 Fisheye
-Tokina 11-16mm/f2.8
-Sigma 30mm/f1.4
-Sigma 70mm/f2.8 Makro
-Sigma 150-500mm/f5.6-6.5
-Formatt-Hitech Filter Set
-Neutral Density Filter
-Cleaning Set

koonalda by hasmonaut

If you could have the gift of a great photographer who would it be and why?

I once saw a presentation of Carsten Peter, a German National Geographic Photographer. His work is absolutely astonishing. I wish I would have his guts to face dangers to shoot pictures of places, which other people would not visit even if they get a bunch of money for it.

What is the most common mistake you see people making when shooting these days?

I think the most common mistake is to buy expensive and real fancy equipment with the goal to shoot better pictures. Of course I always look for the next improvement as well, but if you are writing bad stories you definitively don't need a new typewriter.

flinders peninsula by hasmonaut

How do you decide on where to shoot a photo?

I like to shoot iconic places and as a matter of fact it's not really difficult to find them because heaps of tourists will lead you the way. But I also use Google Earth to get a first impression of a place and to find out in what direction the sun or stars will be.

What is next for you?

Right now every day is an adventure. The next station will be New Zealand and I have a bunch of locations in my mind where I want to shoot.

stronghold by hasmonaut

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