Marc Freeman:
a natural photographer

Photographer Marc FreemanMy fascination with nature began when I was about 8 years old. It was about this time that I picked up my first dandelion and gazed at it with utter amazement. It was also about this time that I began to watch television shows such as "The Underwater World of Jacque Cousteou" and "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" I learned about nature from what I saw on TV.

My mother bought me my first camera when I was around 10 years old. It was an inexpensive 110 camera and I can recall being intrigued by it. I took pictures of friends and family but I wouldn't say I was "hooked" on photography at that time. It was something to do, something to pass the time away. I don't think I really got into photography until my son was born. I took countless photos of him as an infant. I was also a student at East Stroudsburg University at this time. East Stroudsburg is located in the pocono mountains in Pennsylvania. There were beautiful trees and scenic landscapes everywhere. There was also an abundance of frogs, insects and other critters around. This is when I became really fascinated with photography. I wanted to capture what I saw on film.

My photographic "paintings" consist of more than just nature and wildlife photos. I also like to take pictures of cityscapes. I shoot things that I know will sell, but I also shoot things that I like and are appealing to me. I think this is one of the keys to photography. You have to really enjoy what you are doing.

I like to share my pictures with people but I also like to tell folks how I got the shot. I have no secret formulas or tricks up my sleeve. I do my best to share whatever information I have acquired. My photos are simply the result Photography by Marc Freeman of years of study and personal assignments. I run tests and take careful notes which makes it easy when I head into the field. My exposures for the most part or predetermined and I have an idea or what to expect before I pick up my camera.

I use Minolta cameras and lenses and I usually use Kodak film. I read up on my subject before I go out to shoot. Its easy to photograph an insect or animal when you know what he likes to eat, when he is most active etc. I must admit I have a special fascination with butterflies. Most of the information I have learned about them has come from the book Butterflies Through Binoculars. Again, learn about your subject and anticipate its actions. This is the only way to nail the shot.

I admire the photographic work of several people. I like the pictures of John Shaw, and Galen Rowell. Of course for black and white I love the work of Ansel Adams. These are folks who have been shooting for years socan learn a lot by picking up one of their books.

Photography today is a somewhat spiritual endeavor for me. It allows me to record some of God's handiwork, to document some of His creatures and flora. I don't get to shoot as much as I would like as I am currently a student at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminaryin Philadelphia, Pa. But I do get out as much as I can. My goal when taking a picture is for my viewer to literally smell the flowers or hear bees. I want the person to feel like they were there with me when I took the picture. It's serious business for me, a lot of time and effort goes into it.

Marc Freeman - Natural Photographer
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