Making photo's is one thing, editing is the other.
Control both and perfect picture will become in range.
Recently I notice that perfection is boring. I think photography is about the beauty of imperfection. Maybe one should strive to perfection of imperfection.
I started making photo's at the age of 8. I took my mother's old belly-camera from around 1950 to take some photo's at my first school trip to the Zoo. The shutter speed was determined by the speed of your finger! Later on, it was done in the dark room. Nowadays life is easier with Photoshop.
What camera equipment I am using? I can shoot with any camera. A camera is just a tool like paint brushes for a painter. Do you ever ask a painter which brushes he uses for his painting? I think only the results counts ;-)
I try to shoot all kind of things; nature, flora, fauna. people, action, buildings, abstract, macro and even surreal. Every subject needs its own specialism. This is a challenge and fun at the same time :)
That's why I'm feeling more like a 'decathlon' photographer than being superb in one subject. But most credit will go to my nature images. I love to take you on my journeys around world by showing my photos day by day. I've travelled all around the world and seen beautiful scenery's but remember that a good photo can be taken anywhere even in your own neighborhood.
I love to wander around at Flickr. There are so many talented people here. I wish I could be one of them.
I'm married and have two kids, born and live in The Netherlands. Your comments are all welcome (good or bad). In my opinion the viewer is always right ;-)
For those who really loves my photos you can order my photo book with over 182 breathtaking images spread over 80 pages. You can order this high quality photo album via Blurb.
My first photo album
By Ben Visbeek
For those who want to have a quick view of my most interestingness photos have a look at: flickrhivemind.net/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?method=GET&page=1... more than 500 of my best photos to enjoy.
Lately my contact list is growing rapidly ...and I found myself struggling to comment on all these beautiful images. I have more than 10000 contacts and it's still growing. Please don't be offended if I am not adding you as my contact too. I do read all my comments and reply on e-mails. Thank you.
Picture you, Picture me,
Ben Thé Man
All rights reserved © Ben Visbeek
All photo's in my stream may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.
- Memories of Malta 9,476 photos, 512 members
- TOP Nature Photographers 100 photos, 58 members
- 250 faves 145 photos, 28 members
- the world's photography 77,398 photos, 4,805 members
- Dutch Castles 847 photos, 117 members
- Panoramic shooters for wide views only 4 **** 821 photos, 114 members
- Candid Portraits Only - nothing but the highest quality 2,730 photos, 1,595 members
- Candid Portrait Photography 26,468 photos, 7,268 members
- Amateurs België en Nederland. 21,170 photos, 444 members
- Orange Clothes 503 photos, 31 members
- Sigma 28-105 mm f2.8-4 50 photos, 4 members
- Sigma Lenses 302,535 photos, 9,332 members
- Koningsdag in Nederland 211 photos, 16 members
- RAIN - The Best on Flickr / 99+ faves 647 photos, 109 members
- Tokina AF 193 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 454 photos, 97 members
- Sardinia 8,502 photos, 268 members
- La Sardegna nel mio cuore (Sardinia in my heart) 15,967 photos, 619 members
- portrets only 16,572 photos, 995 members
- VILLAGES 3 17,346 photos, 821 members
- All kind of Macro 12,288 photos, 1,461 members
- Canon prime lens club 71,150 photos, 6,374 members
- Canon Macro Lens Group / FL・FD・EF (Nature Only) 5,257 photos, 87 members
- Macro! Closeup Shots! 188,131 photos, 7,354 members
- Macro Addicts, That is all. 21,736 photos, 1,865 members
- Macro Dreams / Only Macro / Post 2 Comment 2 58,889 photos, 7,239 members
- Macros Group 431,221 photos, 24,100 members
- 100+ Masterpieces (Post one, Comment and Fave One or more) 10,135 photos, 650 members
- Favorites: 200 8,092 photos, 2,191 members
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 54,664 photos, 3,370 members
- Macro with Modified Canon EF 35-80mm 1,198 photos, 189 members
- The Canon EF 28-80mm F3,5-5,6 MK1 Group 435 photos, 55 members
- Canon EF 28-80mm (All Generations) 1,635 photos, 131 members
- Canon 6D User Group 179,770 photos, 8,915 members
- Canon EOS 6D - Official Group 264,704 photos, 11,226 members
- Canon EOS 6D 41,091 photos, 1,894 members
- Tour Skating 779 photos, 45 members
- Ice Skating 6,222 photos, 1,093 members
- Cross-country ice skating 339 photos, 33 members
- Amsterdam light festival 1,042 photos, 121 members
- Tuk-tuks 148 photos, 54 members
- Samui Archipelago 392 photos, 56 members
- Wildlife Photographs 43,343 photos, 1,433 members
- *Animal Photography* 625,107 photos, 27,083 members
- Wildlife (Animals) Unlimited 97,690 photos, 2,174 members
- GREAT PANOS 30,972 photos, 3,271 members
- We love beach! 13,122 photos, 1,132 members
- 99+ favorites 1,526 photos, 243 members
- Khao Sok National Park 69 photos, 2 members
- Beautiful Lighthouses 537 photos, 138 members
- RUNNING LANDSCAPES 64,633 photos, 4,429 members
"How do you say that someone is an absolute brilliant person and has so much talent it drips off them. Apart from being kind and good and such a great contact to have on Flickr. There is only one problem I have with Ben, he has not figured a way to get me to all these wonderful places he shoots and describes to us. He alone could be a travel guide to some of the most beautiful places on earth. I admire him as a photographer and as person. Thank you Ben for sharing and letting me see the world through your eyes......Alice"
June 21st, 2011
STEHOUWER AND RECIO says:
"Ben is, for me, one of the finest photographers on Flickr. His landscapes are so amazing, a viewer has really the idea he or she went to the places he visits, and wow what a places he has seen!
A professional photographer who gives people the chance to look through his camera and see the world.
Thanks for being a friend Ben!"
July 30th, 2011
mikazu001 away says:
"Ben takes amazing wonderful photos .
The beauty in his photos is breathtaking. His talent at seeing what is beautiful in our world.
He is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know.
he is kind, thoughtful, and helpful beyond measure.
If I have a question he has an answere. If I need help, he is there to see how he can help.
Ben, my only true friend from Holland...
" Ben the Man" is one of those rare Angels among us.
I love you, Ben! I love your amazing family! God bless you ALL!"
September 22nd, 2010
Elaine m Silva says:
"Here I am ...finally,,,after 17 months, since I have found Ben on Flickr, just about the same time that I found flickr...he was one of my first contacts ( I didnt even have photographs taken lol ).
I toke a while to start posting something but I would always look at his images and get inspired :)
About 5 months ago He added me as a contact ( the wait was worth it :) and I got so excited and since then he's always lightening up my days with amazing words. Sometimes I know that my image is pretty poor but when I read Ben's comment I think...yes, i really need to improve to make this comment worth it !
Yes, Ben is the most special contact and flickr friend I have and I feel really blessed!
Wish you Ben all the best, success and health to you and your beautiful family !!!
Thanks for sharing your great work, inspire and support !!!
March 19th, 2010
"I really enjoy your informative photostream, with wonderfully composed photos, that tell stories themselves. You have brought to light a few countries I will never see, but now understand more about the lifestyles. From sea level to alpine altitude areas, on places you have been, you are very descriptive !.
Thank you for your dedication, of learning and passing on what you have learned. May all your journeys in Life, be safe !"
February 13th, 2010
© Elizabeth says:
"Ben es un extraordinario fotógrafo, es de las visitas infaltables que hago a diario pues es fuente de inspiración para muchos de los que le seguimos. En sus imágenes muestra su parte humana compartiendo las fotos de su bella familia y los viajes que realiza por diferentes partes del mundo, un mundo muy diferente a los que vivimos al otro lado, lo que lo hace emocionante y fascinante a la vez, además de didáctico por la información que plasma en cada una de ellas.
Gracias Ben por compartir tu fantástico trabajo, es un honor para mi que tenerte como amigo."
December 28th, 2009
"One needs no introduction of Ben...his photographic contributions would convey much more of him than words. He is simply outstanding in every domain of photography—from portrait to landscape, from seascape to street-shot and from architecture to wildlife.
Two years back, I was just a new entrant to this Flickr world and I chanced upon to view his work for the first time. I have since been blessed with his ever encouraging presence on my album. His inspiring words, guidance and comforting touch have been as fabulous for me as are his offerings to the Art of photography.
It has been an unforgettable experience treasured deep within me."
August 26th, 2009
"Nu Ben (waarschijnlijk) op vakantie is, merk ik dat ik zijn fantastische foto's en opbeurende kritieken mis. Ook al zie ik geen nieuwe foto van hem bij mijn contacten staan, dubbel check ik dit door ook z'n stream te bekijken (je weet maar nooit).
Ben was één van de eerste bezoekers op mijn stream die de foto's voorzag van opbouwende kritiek en tips voor verbetering. Hierdoor zette hij mij aan het denken en gaf hij mij de inspiratie om weer op pad te gaan en de tips in de praktijk toe te passen. Ik heb je hier nooit met zoveel woorden voor bedankt, maar bij deze!
Omdat Ben onlangs zijn 1ste fotoboek heeft uitgegeven leek het mij een goed idee om juist nu deze testimonial te schrijven.
Een ieder zal snel inzien dat dit boek boordevol staat met adembenemende landschappen, intrigerende portretten en het neusje van de zalm is van Ben's werk. Een preview (de eerste 15 pagina's) is te zien op www.blurb.com/boo...
Het is een heus meesterwerk geworden en bron van inspiratie voor een ieder, mijn complimenten Ben.
- 4 aug 2009 -"
August 4th, 2009
Allard Schager says:
"Zo, dat wordt achter aan sluiten zie ik! ;-) Vind dat het maar eens tijd moet zijn mijn loyaalste contacts es in het zonnetje te zetten. En jij, Ben, schaar ik daar zeker onder. Altijd neem je de tijd en moeite te reageren op mijn foto's, vaak ook zelfs met tips en ideetjes om er nog meer uit te halen de volgende keer. Dit werkt erg motiverend en wordt zeer gewaardeerd. Over de kwaliteit van je stream hoeven we het eigenlijk niet te hebben, die is ronduit geweldig, misschien zelfs wel ongeevenaard hier op Flickr. Dat wijzen de bakken met faves en het aantal Frontpages wel uit. En de aandacht die je krijgt is 100% terecht, aangezien je voor iedereen altijd een goed woord over hebt. Daarom, Ben, blijf van die mooie foto's schieten en alvast succes met je eerste fotoboek. Ik denk dat ze als warme broodjes gaan!
April 7th, 2009
Wat moet ik zeggen?
Alles is al gezegd!
Je bent al vanaf het begin één van mijn favorieten geweest.
Elke keer weer super gave foto's, met fantastische sfeer.
Heb nog maar weinig foto's gezien die mij niet helemaal bevallen.
Eigenlijk geen één.
Super werk lever je.
Ik zie je dan ook een beetje als een meester haha.
Ben dan ook blij om je als contact te hebben.
Keep the good work up and don't stop.
Groeten uit Friesland.
March 29th, 2009
"I have traveled the world through Ben's photostream!
Ben is able to capture images of life in far-off places that I will never visit. Each of his photos is unique and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoy visiting his photostream every day, and I look forward to many more fantastic photos from him."
March 20th, 2009
"Take a look at his stream and feast your eyes !!
You can expect one of the most impressing photostreams on flickr.
Ben has an impressing eye for composition and he proofs, that you don't need a professional DSLR to take awesome images.
Nice that you share your hobby with us maatje !"
January 8th, 2009
"Ben Visbeek is for me a sort of a "James Bond of the photography"! Though working as a Cost Controller for a worldwide leading manufacturer of construction equipment in Amsterdam, he has time enough to notice and explore the world with his camera. The Flickr-community can be glad, that he is kind enough to upload his results: So we all can share his trips from whale watching to parachute-gliding, from wheat fields to coastal lines..."
January 12th, 2009
AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora says:
"Ben is fantastic. A fantastic person, a fantastic photographer. He has seen so much and shares a lot of this great world with us. His photos are full of life and fun. He is also so intelligent! His photos always come full with information. It's a great pleasure to have met him in the flickr world!! ;-)"
November 18th, 2008
"Bēn the Photographer,
Bēn the Artist,
Bēn the Man...
I'm a huge Fan..."
September 5th, 2008
_Paula AnDDrade says:
"Spectacular Photography on Ben's stream!
So many breathtaking images, I go crazy with the beauty that comes from his photos, not to mention the touch of Magic on some of them... like: WOW!
It is a delight to browse his Flickr stream!
Thank you for sharing your Amazing photos with us Ben!! :-)
Many kisses from your Fan and Admirer
July 1st, 2008
"Ben is one of my VERY favorite photographers EVER! It's like he took a trip through my mind and came out with pictures of all my very favorite things. Visiting his photostream is like taking a long, lovely vacation.
I like his sense of humor and the fact that he takes the time to really look at your work as well. He's a great contact and a fantastic photographer!"
June 20th, 2008
"Ben is not only a skilled photographer, knowing his way with abstracts as well as with beautiful landscapes, architecture and nature pictures.
He is also a master in combining magic and reality in his pictures.
His creativity shows off in many ways, leaving it to the visitor to just enjoy his beautiful magic world or to find out what's real and what is not.
He's one of my friends I would not want to miss on Flickr.
Please take a look at his stream ... and enjoy!!"
June 3rd, 2008
Art By Monica says:
"Wow....all I can say about his photos is that the first I ever saw of his photos stunned me, and he keeps doing it with every single photo he posts, such amazing talent in every one. He is a great Flickr friend, and an AMAZING photographer :)"
April 19th, 2008
"So many beautiful testimonial yet...
So I say short and easy: Ben is GENIUS as photographer!
Very characteristic ,extraordinary images - full of dynamism and life!
One of the Greatest Masters of Life Gallery!
and...wonderful Flick -Friend...:-)))
Thank you that you are!
My best regards to your talent...
March 31st, 2008
"Everyday I login to flickr, Ben's stream is the first one I visit in my contacts. Always something new, something beautiful. His landscapes are just insanely perfect. Ben is surely one of flickr's reference in photography and his stream is always a treat for the eye. Thanks for being around Ben ;)"
February 29th, 2008
"Ben is definitely an accomplished photographer, both in his compositions and his eye for catching superb details in his shots. Each new photo in his stream is an inspiration to me! I am always so impressed at the photos he takes...thanks Ben!"
January 29th, 2008
Stephanie Hensen says:
"Ben's photostream is always a truly delightful delve. He is an extraordinary photographer, in the true sense of the word. His landscape and coastal shots are pure and have an iridescent clarity that allows the viewer a true view. Superb skill and a clean eye, put this photographer (and i would not call him an artist, his images demand the title Photographer), in the top eschelon.
He's getting noticed by some outstanding groups.Delve deeper into his early stuff, it is a treasure trove of goodies. These are fantastic finds. They are as great as what he puts out today.
A great photographer, who consistantly delights with clear, perfect and pure scenes."
October 13th, 2007
"Picture you, Picture me.O_O
Ben is a wonderful photographer and also has the humor on flickr. He`s photos are all great, awesome beauty and I call it free style. You can find anything you want on his flickr. I invite you to look through his fantastic photostream. Really great O_O"
October 11th, 2007
"Bēn Bēn Bēn!
One of my most prized Friends here on Flickr & so many reasons why.
Have you ever wanted to take a journey to a far away land but couldn't? Well sit right back & go through his photo stream that is filled with some of the most wonderful shots from around the world. He captures the essence of life in peoples faces whether they are from urban or rural regions, going far beyond many peoples comfort zones into the heart of their Life. I have envied many of his shots of pure brilliance...
ok well actually TONS of his shots, but who couldn't?
Now going past his photography lies the heart of a genuinely good man. You can see this reflected in the photos he takes of strangers, his family & all the wonderful details of nature. Inspiring Indeed! Makes having him as a contact a real joy!
His genuineness also ties into his commenting on other's work, for I know undoubtedly that his comments whether positive or critical are sincerely given for your benefit. While the positive makes you smile, the critical makes you THINK...& I like thinking...thinking of how to perfect what he's telling me for I know it will only make me a better photographer in the end. But honestly I like smiling from ear to ear even more!!!
So as I sit here & reflect on Bēn for a testamonial (which I am terrible at doing) I realize that he is not only a photo junkie, an artist, a father, a husband, & a teacher...but one of my TOP TEN Favorites & most importantly Friends on this worldwide web of Flickr!
Cheers 2 U Bēn!!!
PS. Could this get any longer?!?!...........YES!
But he's well worth it."
August 21st, 2007
"hehe Ben can nag you for a testimonial that you are really writing one for him! :) well. actually. he deserves it.. always there to comment on my photography and no not always praising it! and that is a good thing..though i sometimes want to stick him behind the wallpaper :p
He reminds me of Socrates...
Anyway..also a talented artist! Yep truly he is..
keep m coming Ben! You flickr junky!!! :p
this fellow flickr junk salutes you
August 16th, 2007
"Having Ben as a contact and as a friend means a very unique thing in the flick universe - he will notice the good, but will also be honest about what could be improved or what is not entirely in sync with the rest. That sort of honesty is refreshing and rare, and is certainly helpful.
As a photographer, Ben's stream is full of surprises- purity, manipulation, local scenes, and foreign lands are all included in the mix. There is great warmth and humanity in his photos of people, and you can tell that he loves what he does. Keep being real and keep on surprsing us, my friend! Thanks for your humor, feedback, and presence."
July 18th, 2007
Astrid Photography. says:
"Een verjaardagskado in het Nederlands;
"Van alle markten thuis" omvat in weinig woorden de kwaliteiten van Ben. Het is zeer de moeite waard om mee op foto-reis te gaan zowel in Nederland als daarbuiten, en te genieten van veelzijdige foto's.
Dikwijls vergezeld van een portie gezellige humor.
Ben, ik ben er trots op jou als contact persoon te hebben. Hoop dat je nog lang zo door gaat en een ieder kan laten meegenieten van je foto's !
Hartelijke groet van Astrid."
July 12th, 2007
"I can't say enough good about Ben! His photography says it all really. I love his creativity, and viewing the world through his eyes. As a photographer, he is one of the best.
As a contact, he is honest and very dedicated. I know I am going to get the truth from Ben on my photos, and as an amateur that is what I really need the most!
Your fantastic Ben! Thanks for everything."
June 24th, 2007
"Visbeek...just got finished reading everyone else's testimonials and I dont know where to start.
He is so supportive, always leaving constructive comments that are dead on accurate. None of this,"good work"," love it", "nice"..he leaves you with meat and potatos, the stuff that you look for in the next photo...soooo you could say he is a teacher of sorts...and I am here to learn...
I love his photos...very picturesque...always fun and interesting to look at...Ben, thank you for helping me!!Thank you for being my friend!!"
June 22nd, 2007
"I do not know why Ben doesn't have a full pages of testimonials. Anyone spending time on his photostream would be admired by his creativy, especially with his great Africa shots. Ben indeed has a very interesting stream There's a lot to admire, and I do recommend you take the time visit the great shots he has taken."
June 21st, 2007
"Ben is a man of integrity, who's words I value very much. He has a fantastic creative eye and his photostream is amazing! He is a beautiful family man and getting to know him is an absolute pleasure!
Your friend Kym xx"
June 20th, 2007
Haggis Chick says:
"hee hee what can I say about this cheeky chap?!!!!! Ben is a pleasure to have on my stream always constructive with his comments and honest which I like. I too like to visit Ben's stream and see his wonderful images. There is always something new and interesting and sometimes when you look at them you think "how the hell did he do that". Ben is also a good friend to have around on flickr and always willing to help and offer advice. So if you don't have him as a contact.............. add him now!"
June 18th, 2007
Williamsburg's Wren says:
"In my world of Flickr, BenVisbeek is one of my favorite neighbors! Always stopping by with an encouraging comment or helpful suggestion, he's taught me and made me laugh - two of the best characteristics you can have in a friend. Ben has shown me his love of his country and his love of his family through his photos and I've enjoyed seeing parts of the world that I will probably never have the good fortune of visiting in person. In these days when no one ever just pops in or stops over without an appointment, I can always count on seeing Ben and his welcome comments in my photo stream - makes we wish we weren't half a world apart - I think we'd be sitting out back in a lawn chair sharing photos of our families and cooking burgers on the grill :) Please take a moment to visit his world and his photos and stop by with a comment or two, Ben will be waiting with a smile and will welcome the opportunity to chat."
June 15th, 2007
ellie 6 says:
"Ben is a great Flickr contact and a friend to have. He doesn't disappear like most of the people after they add you to their contacts, quite an opposite - he doesn't forget his contacts, always keeps in touch and truly is a contact (friend). He has a wonderful photo stream full of beautiful photographs, very picturesque and interesting. I always enjoy visiting his photo stream - it's fun !!!
He also is a daddy of a two adorable kids :)
Take a look at his pictures - they are great !"
June 9th, 2007
- Ben The Man
- February 2007
- I am:
- Male and Taken