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claussenThe First step in my image creation process is composing the image in my mind, or pre-visualization. Once I see the image, I begin adjusting the settings to be able to capture it with my camera. I often find the first image I shoot to be the best one, but I usually take additional images with different settings as part of the creative process.

claussen1My current photo kit consists of a Nikon D600 and an AF-S 24-85 f3.5-4.5G lens, but I also use a Nikon 16-35 f4, and a Nikon 105 micro f2.8 for this body of work. I take advantage of the wide angle for skyline and perspective shots. I use the micro to exploit the shallow depth of field.

Today, I do the majority of my post processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. My goal with processing is to reproduce what I saw with my eye by adjusting the levels before final production. The images are developed on Fuji Photo Paper.

claussen2At an early age, I showed an interest in photography, so my Grandfather handed me a camera with his encouragement. That was all it took, because I found it very exciting to use my camera to capture the world as I saw it. Over the years, I have used many cameras from an early Polaroid to my Nikon D600 DSLR, which I use today.

My wife and I actually met at the Columbus Arts Festival on our first date, and after we went through photography booth after photography booth, we realized that we had something in common and we shared a similar passion for photography. While we often shoot together now, our images are very different and unique in their own right.

claussen3I believe that the eye of a photographer is their most powerful tool. You must see it in your mind’s eye first and then capture the image in order to share it with others. To this end, visualization has become a large part of capturing the images you see here today. Please feel free to ask me any questions about my work and thank you very much for taking the time to stop by and enjoy my work.

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