Early days

Born and raised in the Netherlands (province of Utrecht), Wouter van Brenk (1984) grew up with love for nature and wildlife.

 

Encouraged by his father, Wouter was only a little boy when he already learned to find wildlife in the local forests around his hometown and at 'the Veluwe'. In the years that followed he kept his wildlife interest in general, but developed an unparalleled passion for herpetology. Wouter bought his first DSLR camera in 2008. A few years later it was clear that finding and photographing reptiles and amphibians in the wild became more than a hobby. It turned into a life goal. A period of intensive study and learning about herpetology began and actually never stopped.

Field research

Nowadays Wouter is active in the field for RAVON, the organization that protects Dutch reptiles and amphibians. In one of the study areas he analyzes the occurrence of four reptile species. Since May 2020 Wouter is member of the WAN (Working group Adder research Netherlands). This team is specialized in researching and conserving European Adder (Vipera berus) populations in the Netherlands.

Photography

Wouter is convinced of the fact that photography is a powerful tool to contribute to awareness and especially when it comes to reptiles. For example snakes can be considered as one of the most feared and misunderstood animals on the planet. By showing their beauty and adding a few facts (e.g. about defensive behaviour), the way these amazing animals are seen by many people hopefully changes at least a little bit in their favor. 

 

Photographing herpetofauna is preferably done, and during certain moments even strictly required, 'in-situ' (untouched and as found). Working with the least possible disturbance for the herpetological subject should always be the photographers top priority.

 

Equipment

Over the years all photos are produced with Canon gear. Currently the high-end 7D Mark II camera body is used, together with several prime lenses ranging between 10mm and 400mm. In addition off-camera flash with a softbox is used.

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