in front of the Háifoss in Iceland (2018)

The photograph with which it all began (2017).

Crumbling Giants (Mer de Glace, 2019)

Corin Vilanek

I started getting into photography back in 2014, at the age of 15, when I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D3300. Back then I did not specialize in anything really. I did people, landscape, weather, animal and sports photography. Sports photography mostly of horseback riding because I basically grew up with horses and we do have a horsefarm in Carinthia, which is the southernmost part of Austria.

Since childhood I love being out in nature and I never really became a huge fan of people and cities. After one of my first hikes, I found my love for the mountains and immediatly dreamed of going hiking every week - but this was not possible, for a [long] time. After getting my driving license and a car, I finally managed to get out more often and hike more frequently.

During one of my hikes in 2017 I also discovered my passion for landscape photography. I started to teach myself more and more and with it improve my photography and post processing skills. After another year I upgraded my photography equipment to a Sony A7R III, a SEL 24-70 f2.8, a Gitzo Traveler tripod, some B+W filters plus bags and all the other stuff that makes hiking and life more complicated but capturing photographs easier.

Not a week after getting all the gear, my cousin and I flew to Iceland - it was a dream come true. There, I began to test my new equipment in some rough rainy conditions but still managed to get some nice results. I wasn't entirely happy though, with how I photographed and processed everything. Learning new techniques became essential for me and so I again taught myself as well as I could.

 

I studied the work of some of my most favorite and inspirational photographers for a long time and still continue to do so to this day. Just by looking at their artwork, watching some free tutorials and trying out new functions in photoshop, I manage to teach myself a lot. "Learning by doing", that is the best lead I can give you, if you want to get into photography.

Photography is not just about posting pictures online and receiving a lot of likes, no, it is so much more than that. It is about being out there, creating art, capturing moments in time, so that they will always be remembered. For me, photography is a way of staying in touch with nature. In the current digital era it is easy to lose the connection, though we really should not. Now more than ever, with all the threats we are facing [most of them caused by ourselves], we need to find ways to reconnect and establish balance.

 

So, photography is not something you learn in a day or a year - at least not for me. If you are doing it right, you will never learn out. It is what keeps it interesting and, at the same time, beautiful. I love being out in nature, I love capturing some of my experiences and I love sharing it with you - so this is, what this website is all about: sharing my moments.
 

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9121 Tainach

 

 

All images © 2020 Corin Vilanek

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