About Me

„Es ist nicht die Kamera, sondern wer dahinter steht.“
— Author unknown -

Simon Schön­hoff

Hi, I’m Simon. Land­scape photo­grapher with passion from near Heidel­berg, Germany. Father of a bright little daughter and husband of a wonderful wife. Profes­sio­nally, I work as a design engi­neer for optical medical devices at a company in Heidel­berg, Germany. I like to use my free time for my two hobbies music and photo­graphy, both of which I approach inten­si­vely and with high professionalism. 

With music I create the most unique moments possible, but they are short-lived and live on in people’s memo­ries, with photo­graphy I capture moments that are flee­ting and hold on to them. Both hobbies are very crea­tive, in fact very similar and yet they differ in this parti­cular whiteness. 

I bought my first camera in 2013 and bit by bit disco­vered the passion for photo­graphy. Since then, I am rarely on the road without my camera equip­ment. At first I started exclu­si­vely with repor­tage and travel photo­graphy, but in recent years I have devoted myself more and more to land­scape photo­graphy. I love and enjoy nature and ther­e­fore it is espe­ci­ally important to me to capture its beau­tiful land­scapes with their wonderful flee­ting moments on photos. 

Besides my main focus on land­scape photo­graphy, I am always open for new other projects. There are many more things to discover and I am ready to capture them in unique photos. I would be happy if you also discover some photos on my site that you like or read blog posts that give you moti­va­tion or ideas for your own photos.

My Style

The style reflected in my work is charac­te­rized by a rather docu­men­tary, comp­le­nta­tive character. I record land­scapes, nature and wilder­ness as I find them. Espe­ci­ally in nature, I leave every blade of grass, every leaf and every branch in the place where I disco­vered them and try, if possible, to elimi­nate unwanted elements in the image through the image compo­si­tion. Only occa­sio­nally using Photo­shop to remove parts of the image that are too distrac­ting. My port­folio includes magni­fi­cent, breath­ta­king views or inti­mate scenes in nature with fasci­na­ting details, just as urban motifs, fasci­na­ting weather pheno­mena, which I use for my compo­si­tions and docu­men­tary shots on my travels.

I work almost exclu­si­vely with the available light of the envi­ron­ment, without direct influence. Ther­e­fore, I often use morning and evening hours for my photo­graphy and take advan­tage of the weather and season to take the photos in the light mood that seems to me the best for certain scenes and motifs. This requires plan­ning, pati­ence and a detailed look at the weather fore­cast, so that I am in the right place at the right time in fog, dawn or dusk, rain or storm. 

So I always manage to record atmo­spheric scenes and fairy-tale, gladly also dreamy land­scapes and repre­sent nature as a jewel, which is worth protec­ting and guarding.

Since I prac­tice photo­graphy as a hobby parallel to my job, I am in the ever­yday, mostly in the Rhine-Neckar region, Kraichgau, Southern Pala­ti­nate or Nort­hern Black Forest on the road. However, I also like to travel to Switz­er­land, Austria, Italy and more distant count­ries like Iceland to take great pictures of our world.

My Gear

Simon Schönhoff

Im Juli 2020 habe ich den Schritt gewagt und habe einen System­wechsel auf Sony und dem Voll­format durch­ge­zogen. In der Anfangs­zeit habe ich durchaus einiges an Equip­ment getestet und mitt­ler­weile zu anderen Objek­tiven und Filtern gewech­selt. Die „Ehema­ligen“ sind keines­wegs schlecht und durchaus empfeh­lens­wert, weshalb ich sie hier aufge­führt habe.

Camera:

  • Sony a7III

Lenses:

  • Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM
  • Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G
  • Sony FE 100–400 mm F4.5–5.6 GM

Filter:

  • NiSi V6 + Land­scape CPL
  • ND8, ND64 + ND1000 Filter

Tripod:

  • Benro Tortoise 35C + GX35
  • Rollei C6i Carbon

Drone:

  • DJI Mavic Air 2
  • DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro

Lenses:

  • Sigma 100–400 mm 1:5–6.3 DG DN OS
  • Sigma 50 mm f1:1.4 A

Filter:

  • KASE Wolverine magne­ti­scher CPL (Pol-Filter, 82 mm
  • KASE Wolverine magne­ti­sche ND8, ND64 & ND1000 Grau­filter, 82 mm

Camera:

  • Nikon D7200

Lenses:

  • Sigma 18–35 mm f1.8 Art
  • Sigma 105 mm f2.8 Macro
  • Tokina 12–24 mm f4 DXII
  • Nikkor 35 mm f1.8
  • Nikkor 50 mm f1.8
  • Nikkor 55–300 mm

Filter:

  • Polfilter von B+W KSM C‑POL MRC Nano
  • Grau­filter von Haida ND0.9, ND1.8, ND3.0