I was born in Prague and I have lived here ever since. Even though I grew up in a city, I enjoyed spending time in nature and used every opportunity to go out and hike. The beauty and diversity of nature inspired me to explore new places and new types of landscape. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by mountains, wooded mountain sides, cliffs with clear views, sea shores, river valleys and forests of all kinds. Whether standing on a cliff in the Alps or wandering through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, the power of these places amazed me and stirred my imagination.

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Slowly but surely, the desire to photograph nature started to overpower the idea of just spending time in it. I remember trying to figure out a way to capture it in its finest. This meant that I started to explore the endless possibilities of different weather conditions and how they define the resulting picture. It didn’t take me long to get enchanted by what I soon learned to be the holy grail of landscape photography: the right light.

Needless to say, a great part of my daily routine is what some people call "chasing the light". And fog, for that matter.

The right light together with the right amount of fog equals me grabbing my backpack, getting in my car and setting off as quickly as I can.

At some places, it is the light that makes all the difference. This is especially true for grand vista images shot at sunrise or sunset. The blue hour, for instance - just being a part of it and witnessing it first hand is a wonderful experience. Capturing it with my camera is pure happiness.

Standing on a cliff somewhere high above, waiting for the first light to appear in the sky and touch the land, you sort of freeze in time and become fully aware of the present moment.

However, the longer I photograph the more I appreciate all kinds of weather and day times. I came to realise that certain types of images require certain types of conditions, be it light, clouds, rain, snow etc. I know now that every day is a great day for a landscape photographer. From this point of view, there is no such thing as wrong light. You just need to know where to go and what to shoot. In the past I used to shoot mainly the wide scenic views. Nowadays, I can be happy with an intimate scene in the forest. Walking through the landscape, I cross paths with things that seem plain and ordinary at first but that might easily turn into great motives. All you need is your imagination.

At present, I photograph and enjoy all that landscape photography has to offer: small, intimate scenes as well as spectacular, dramatic views.

Fascinating motives are everywhere. However, it's not always easy to see them.

I also like to shoot abstract images by focusing not on the obvious, but on what usually stays hidden. For example, sometimes I look for patterns and interesting reflections on the surface of a lake, rather than focusing on the lake itself. Another great source of inspiration are structures and cracks on rocks, or frost patterns. By paying due attention to these details and looking for a way to shoot them, I often find something unexpected. First, I have an idea. Then, I bring it into life with my camera. The motif may have been there the whole time, completely unnoticed. The abstract image brings it into life, makes it stand on its own and shows it in its magnificence. I find this creative process truly fascinating - it shows that nature is a never ending source of inspiration.

As for my photography equipment: I need one that I can 100% rely on.

From the very beginning, I've been using Canon gear, which I’ve always been fully satisfied with. It has never failed, not even in the toughest conditions. In my Shimoda Action X50 backpack I currently carry the following camera equipment:

  • Canon R5
  • Canon RF 14-35 f/4L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-105 f/4L IS USM
  • Canon RF 100-500 f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

I use Gitzo Mountaineer GT2543L tripod + the Really Right Stuff BH-55 head, and NiSi polarizing and ND filters. I edit photos on the BenQ SW271C monitor. I stay dry and comfortable thanks to Fjällräven clothing and Vallerret photography gloves.