The DIGITFOTO Pro ambassador, Karin de Bruin (@karin.debruin), believes that bad weather does not exist. Yet, there is only one type of weather for de Bruin which she has a disliking towards: rain. During a photography tour in Iceland, it was however insurmountable that the photographers wear a wet suit. Despite her loathing of rain, she has a strong affection towards beaches and water. Living in Hellevoetsluis, a beautiful fortified town on the Haringvliet, an inlet in the Netherlands with several beaches nearby, she has all the facets to take beautiful photos within reach.
Karin likes slow shutter speeds, clouds that fade, strong colors and still water, preferably with a stationary element such as a pole, jetty, sticks or a tree. But the photographer also knows how to find beautiful photos in the forest and generates breathtaking compositions out of nature's elements and the landscape it offers. She narrates that her favourite type of weather is a non-windy day, but that is very rare for people who live near the coast.
"Nature has always fascinated me, and especially the water. I can watch the sea for hours. Each passing wave hits differently. But I have taken a liking towards lakes as well, as they are much calmer and give beautiful reflections of clouds and trees. I prefer things standing still in water. It could be anything; poles, scaffolding, sticks or a tree. But, I also keep an equal balance and often find myself lost in the forests amidst the tall mighty trees where I get a chance to photograph nature's bounty."
Her inspirations are every person that she meets, or every picture she sees, which she finds can be an inspiration. It makes her want to try new things, or have a different approach. She says that she likes connecting with people, learning about their preferences and watching them closely so that she can give them the best support to make better pictures. de Bruin's work is fresh, her landscapes are a breath of fresh air and feel like straight out of a fairy tale.
She had always wanted to go to Tuscany. To see the rolling hills, preferably in the mist. So finally went to see it in person. de Bruin explains that for a week her alarm went off at 4 am, but it was all worth it. The landscape really transformed into a fairytale because of the layers of fog. Without the mist the region is worth a visit, she exclaims. To photograph Tuscany, one can go photographing even during daytime. She wanted to end her journey in Florence; the Italian city with a fantastic view.
She has always had a huge interest in photography and remembers the first time she carried a small camera in her bag all the time. A few years ago, just before a trip with her family, she bought a DSLR camera and decided that she wanted to learn to make better pictures. A couple of workshops later, with some reading and researching, Karin took the time to understand what she wanted to photograph. Ever since, her hobby became an obsession and she sees the world differently now and appreciates what it offers.
Karin de Bruin has been featured and interviewed in various magazines like CHIP PHOTO MAGAZINE, ZOOM ACADEMY, DUTCH PHOTO ACADEMY, AND DIGIFOTO. In 2021, DIGIFOTO Pro appointed de Bruin as the ambassador of the their magazine. This means, among other things, that she could test and review new material.