I love every minute I'm out there in nature, trying to capture the beauty that's all around. I'm not out for the perfect shot; I'm out for a picture that I like. What I like might not necessarily be what you like, mind you. But it's like 'trophy hunting'. Sometimes you just know, when you push that shutter, "yes!".

 

To me, photography is not all about resolutions, pixels, or any other technical aspect. I still believe that the most important criterium is if the picture touches me, moves me, evokes an emotion. It can be many things, sheer beauty or maybe just the opposite, savageness, adorable, sad, a ray of light, a pose or a specific moment. Or maybe just because it puts a smile on my face. Passion should go beyond technology!

 

I often get the question how I get the animals to pose for me.The answer is simple: wait, wait, wait and ...... wait some more. Your feet get sore, your back aches, your arm muscles start to tremble from holding up the camera and lens. But in the end, when I get home with a picture that I like and that does the animal the right it deserves, to me it's worth it every time! I like to spend time with an animal. For me the 'see and shoot' thing doesn't work. You almost always miss that one special moment. Invariably, when you take your time and give the animal the opportunity to get used to your presence, they will do something that I would like to capture! Respect is a keyword here!

When I finally capture that one picture, it is often the only pick from a series of hundreds, but often enough a couple of thousand pictures.

  

Me

 

Photo was taken by Allen Koppe, Cinematographer, on Oshima Island, during the shooting of the Canon Japan Corporate Branding Commercial. Can you imagine that I was chosen for this because they had seen my Flickr page!!

 

I use Canon cameras (1D X mark II, 1D mark IV, 7D, 40D, 30D and 400D) and Canon lenses (ranging from 10 to 600mm).

Other things: Canon extenders 1.4 and 2.0.

Canon Speedlite 580EX II

Several tripods (Gitzo and Benro) and several swingheads (Wimberley)

 

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Wat een geweldige foto's maar jij. Top.

September 6, 2018
Sophia says:

Dear Hennie, I am in awe of your wonderful photos of our 'cohabitants' on this planet...each one is a work of art. They are all so special, whether in their composition or just in having the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time... and though I am no photographer, technically they are all perfect t… Read more

Dear Hennie, I am in awe of your wonderful photos of our 'cohabitants' on this planet...each one is a work of art. They are all so special, whether in their composition or just in having the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time... and though I am no photographer, technically they are all perfect too (imho). I am so happy to have found your stream...they are by far the best wildlife photos I have ever seen.

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November 9, 2018

Jemig, wat een foto's. Geweldig zeg. Ik blijf er naar kijken. Beeldartiest.

February 5, 2018
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Hennie you have a gift.. your images give life and hope to the people that lost the hope by sickness.. your spirit.. and your view on nature is a sure, pure and beautifull thing.. thank you.. thank you for the wonders you give.. Riek..

April 12, 2012

Outstanding photostream! Congratulations!

January 27, 2018

Hennie's images acquaint the viewer intimately with the character and beauty of nature's creatures seen not in zoos, but in their natural habitat. She is a flickr favorite of ours, not only for her outstanding ability to use a camera, but for her warmth and generosity of spirit. We admire you greatly Hennie and envy … Read more

Hennie's images acquaint the viewer intimately with the character and beauty of nature's creatures seen not in zoos, but in their natural habitat. She is a flickr favorite of ours, not only for her outstanding ability to use a camera, but for her warmth and generosity of spirit. We admire you greatly Hennie and envy your incredible, memorable experiences in the wildlands of Africa. Judy & Paul

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December 27, 2009

Hennie is a genuine genius :) and thats not a tall claim at all :) I love how she lays it out clearly to us that getting a shoot is not just luck but lot of painful waiting and its about presenting a shot which brings the best out of that particular being :) you have been a inspiration to many wild life photographe… Read more

Hennie is a genuine genius :) and thats not a tall claim at all :) I love how she lays it out clearly to us that getting a shoot is not just luck but lot of painful waiting and its about presenting a shot which brings the best out of that particular being :) you have been a inspiration to many wild life photographers and you continue to do so. Thank you for going thru all the hardship to bring and share with us such exceptional work :) your photostream is a joy and its funny but a pride when ppl fight to be the first one to comment :D Dinesh :)

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November 2, 2009

Wij hebben Hennie leren kennen op de Hoge Veluwe als een hele sympatieke meid. Tijdens de hertenbronst 2009 in nationale park "De Hoge Veluwe" Vaak stonden wij naast elkaar te fotograferen. Vaak Dat was gezellig en daar ontvingen wij ook Haar vistekaartje. Bij Thuiskomst hebben wij Haar fotomatriaal Ademloos bekeken. I… Read more

Wij hebben Hennie leren kennen op de Hoge Veluwe als een hele sympatieke meid. Tijdens de hertenbronst 2009 in nationale park "De Hoge Veluwe" Vaak stonden wij naast elkaar te fotograferen. Vaak Dat was gezellig en daar ontvingen wij ook Haar vistekaartje. Bij Thuiskomst hebben wij Haar fotomatriaal Ademloos bekeken. In een woord meer dan geweldig hoe Zij ontmoette licht weet te spelen Daarbij Het juiste moment afwachtend en soms lekker babbelend Samen met Denis Rademaker. Een foto van Hennie uit die tijd herrinerd ons aan die mooie momenten.

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October 6, 2009

Een 'stream' met prachtige foto's Hennie Elke keer opnieuw ben ik weer onder de indruk van je simpele foto's die precies de kern raken. Er staat precies op wat erop moet staan, in perfecte composities en kleurstellingen. Ik vraag me bij jou nooit af waarom ik naar een foto zit te kijken. Het is altijd gelijk duideli… Read more

Een 'stream' met prachtige foto's Hennie Elke keer opnieuw ben ik weer onder de indruk van je simpele foto's die precies de kern raken. Er staat precies op wat erop moet staan, in perfecte composities en kleurstellingen. Ik vraag me bij jou nooit af waarom ik naar een foto zit te kijken. Het is altijd gelijk duidelijk. Groet, Berend.

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May 18, 2009

The exquisite beauty of Hennie's images leaves me in awe every time I visit...! So beware...if you visit once......... you will become addict! Bravo Hennie...and ..................Encore! Gaëtan

February 28, 2009
JKmedia says:

I never cease to be amazed at the quality of shots here. The South African wildlife shots are simply outstanding. Inspired

February 8, 2009
Greg Cope says:

Hennie has a talent, and is an artist in the truest sense of the word. Every photo captures something beyond just the simple image, she captures action, drama, words, emotion, and countless other features: things I and many other photographers aspire to capture. You may or may not be familiar with her work, but either … Read more

Hennie has a talent, and is an artist in the truest sense of the word. Every photo captures something beyond just the simple image, she captures action, drama, words, emotion, and countless other features: things I and many other photographers aspire to capture. You may or may not be familiar with her work, but either way I recommend visiting and re-visiting each and every image in her photostream, and simply enjoy the artistry.

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April 23, 2008

How can I begin to describe Hennie's exquisite photographs? It's as if she focuses the camera with her heart! I've have never seen wildlife photographed with such passion, reverence, and skill. Hennie's presence on Flickr is a rare gift to us all...

January 21, 2008

Hi Hennie, I am again grateful to U for introducing me to the wider world of Photography specially to the Animal Kingdom. Basudeb

July 6, 2007

Hennie doesn't post pictures of animals, she posts portraits of nature. Each and every one of them are sharp, remarkable works of art. Her images are the payoff of an endless reserve of patience. A reserve which allows her images to convey atmosphere, feeling, or emotion, all through her understanding and mastery of… Read more

Hennie doesn't post pictures of animals, she posts portraits of nature. Each and every one of them are sharp, remarkable works of art. Her images are the payoff of an endless reserve of patience. A reserve which allows her images to convey atmosphere, feeling, or emotion, all through her understanding and mastery of her subject, her surroundings, and her equipment. Keep up the good work, Hennie, we all look forward to your next posting.

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April 19, 2007

Hennie you are an artist. Your captures are very very specials and elegance! Always amaze me. The Queen of Animals

April 11, 2007
Mendis says:

Simply put, Hennie is one of my favourite nature photographers. Many of her pictures are awesome in every aspect of picture taking. Fantastic photography!

February 12, 2007

Hennie hasn't been on Flickr long but her photo's show she has had a love for photography and animals for a long time. I think what I like best is that Hennie's comments are as thoughtfull as her photos. At first she tricked me into going Ape over her HotLips Orangutang. Only till later sending me back to my Baboon The… Read more

Hennie hasn't been on Flickr long but her photo's show she has had a love for photography and animals for a long time. I think what I like best is that Hennie's comments are as thoughtfull as her photos. At first she tricked me into going Ape over her HotLips Orangutang. Only till later sending me back to my Baboon Therapist halfway coconuts over the misguided Treetop fantasies I had developed. But I forgive her.

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November 3, 2006
Wanda says:

Hennie van Heerden has absolutely gorgeous photos! I only dream of visitng the places that she portrays so beautifully. I hope your adventures never end. Keep posting for all of us to enjoy! Wanda wans2pics

October 12, 2006
Mary says:

I just recently came to know hvhe1 work and wow!! what a find..I am so honored to have her as a contract..Her work is continuously amazing..You can tell she puts her heart and soul into her work just by the Exquisite photo's she takes..I look forward to viewing her photostream everyday..Thank you so much for sharing … Read more

I just recently came to know hvhe1 work and wow!! what a find..I am so honored to have her as a contract..Her work is continuously amazing..You can tell she puts her heart and soul into her work just by the Exquisite photo's she takes..I look forward to viewing her photostream everyday..Thank you so much for sharing fondly Mary

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October 12, 2006