Early days

Wouter van Brenk (1984), born and raised in the Netherlands (Utrecht province), grew up with love for nature, wildlife and in particular for what might be the most misunderstood animals on Earth: snakes. Encouraged by his father he learned to spot local wildlife at a young age, in the forests around his hometown and at 'the Veluwe'.

In the years that followed Wouter retained his interest in wildlife in general, but developed an unparalleled passion for herpetology. In 2008 he bought his first camera and from that point the combination of finding and photographing wild herpetofauna became a life goal. 

Field research

Nowadays (2020) Wouter is active in the field for RAVON, the organization that protects Dutch reptiles and amphibians. His work in one of the study areas consists of periodic monitoring and more specifically analyzing the presence and coexistence of two native lizard species.

Awareness through photography

While using his dedication and experience as a field herper Wouter is as often as possible in search of capturing his next herp encounter. Hopefully the results, from face-to-face macro work to wide angle in-habitat shots, contribute to awareness, in times where globally a lot of great species are endangered and even face the edge of extinction.

Equipment

All photos (of wild herpetofauna only) are taken with Canon equipment. Currently the high-end 7D Mark II camera body is used, together with several prime lenses (e.g. Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro) ranging between 10mm and 400mm. In addition off-camera flash with a softbox and different herping tools are used.

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