Daniel Masny

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The Maasai People

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This second post concerning my trip to East Africa is dedicated to the Maasai people. The Maasai are cattle farmers, many of whom still live an aboriginal lifestyle in small villages among their family clan. Some of the areas they inhabit are very dry and some they share with wild game. Sustaining such hardships makes them a people of proud warriors who resist giving in to modern trends. But also Maasai people have mobile phones these days, and it is a matter of time until they succumb to the benefits of modern civilization….read more

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Elephants of Africa

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I have returned from East Africa, the heaven of wildlife photography. If I was trying to give you an overall series of what I have seen in Africa, the series would be endless and you would be bored halfway through. In order to avoid that, I am splitting the set into different topics. I will present landscapes, people and wilflife over the next few weeks. Let’s start with the most majestic of all animals, the Elephant. I will not lose a lot of words in this post. If you want…read more

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Bald Eagle Hillary

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On a rainy April day I took the opportunity to visit Adlerwarte Berlebeck in order to test my enlarged equipment set for wildlife photography (more on that after my next trip). I’m not posting this to tell you how wonderfully a EOS 7D Mk II works with an EF100-400mm (gleefully borrowed). I’m rather taking the opportunity to introduce you to just one bird. Adlerwarte is kind of a raptor orphanage or sanctuary situated in my home town Detmold. It is said to be the largest such institution in Europe and I can only…read more

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Rockabilly Zebra

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Swantje came up with the idea to have a rockabilly photo shoot and since she voluntered as a model and brought her zebra shirt, there was nothing that could possibly go wrong. Thanks, Swantje, for the effort  jhkgh

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Architecture of Iran

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I once visited a castle in Canada. Or what was supposed to be a castle. It was an industrial entrepreneur’s family home in Victoria on Vancouver island, vaguely immitating the style of a Scottish castle. Even though it was built in the 19th century, it rather looked like made of plastic. And yet, while lacking any historic relevance, it was made a museum. The Canadian friend who was with us back then was in awe. We Europeans shook our heads. No offence, Canadians… Why am I telling the story? I’m…read more

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Shooting Pascal

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I had the pleasure to do a photo shoot with Pascal, an old fellow student from kindergarten, primary and secondary school times. All he needed were some up-to-date portraits. He got that, along with some fun pictures… To me, it is always astonishing how a single person, branded as one specific character in your mind, can slip into a diverse set of roles. All it takes is some different light setups and some props: Clothing, contact lenses, a cigar, a toy gun… – Have fun! It is easy to turn from…read more

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Going Wild in a Studio

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A few weeks ago, after a bottle of wine each, I was convinced by an ambitious amateur photographer to invest in studio lighting equipment. Now I’m looking for chances to make use of it, and learn how to interact both with the equipment and the models in front of it. As with any endeavour it is easiest to convince family, friends and fools to buy into it. In this case no fools were involved. The models of this set are Anika, a good friend of ours, and Yvonne, my wife….read more

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Desert Shapes

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When I recently decorated my office with some framed prints I was facing a difficult choice: What are the photographs that I would hang on the wall behind my desk? After all, those are pictures I would be going to look at all day. I decided for desert views. I love deserts. Deserts are a photographer’s dream – that is: unless sand ruins your equipment. The play of light at dawn and dusk interacts with the shapes of dunes and mountains. The clear sky and the lack of light pollution…read more

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Swiss Air Power

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for first impressions please scroll the gallery above the headline (not all pictures will repeat below) Most people never grow up in one respect or the other; and for men that often involves technology. To me heavy military equipment always remained fascinating. As you can read here, airshow photography marked the turning point in my photographic endeavours as it pushed me to buy my first digital SLR. Hence it is only appropriate to show some of the weaponry I shot (pun intended) in the past years. One of the best…read more

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Cinematic Photo Shoot

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In March 2014 I had the opportunity to shoot two friends of ours, Swantje and Thomas, in “Filmcasino”, a Munich club that is inspired by the 1920ies movie scene. The photo shoot was with purpose since Swantje and Thomas needed image material for their wedding invitation. And as their wedding motto is “movies” the setting and their dress up was right on spot. To me it was a rare opportunity for studio-like photography which I really enjoyed. The couple was more than enthusiastic to experiment and hence this is what…read more