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The More Things Change...


Although his techniques and tools evolve, Edgar Callaert’s drive to explore the American landscape remains constant




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Callaert's prized image of a sunrise above Muir Woods has actually suffered from the digital revolution, as many viewers now assume he has created the color in post.

"The dawn image has actually become somewhat of a quandary," he says, "as when I sent in only original transparencies it was obviously real. Now people wonder what I've done to it. The answer is nothing. I actually lowered the saturation. In any case, it's a one-in-a-million moment, right above my old house."

The Marin County home base once again pays off. Still, Callaert says his work isn't just about taking pictures in pretty places. It's about the personal need to get outside and explore the natural world. The camera simply provides a good excuse.

"I live my life to explore," he says, "so many places, so little time. You can't spend the time and energy doing this unless a love of the outdoor life is what prompts it all. If there were no such thing as photography, most of us would be out there anyway."

To see more of Edgar Callaert's photography, visit www.edgarcallaert.com.


Edgar Callaert's Gear List

Camera:
Nikon D700 full-frame (FX-format) DSLR
Lenses:
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm ƒ/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm ƒ/2.8G IF-ED
The next purchase:
AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6D ED

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