Like the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Commons is entirely created by volunteers. It succeeds because people all around the world recognise the benefits of using open content licenses to make their work freely available to others.
Our volunteers have varying skills and abilities. This page showcases a selection of the highly skilled photographers who choose to use open content licenses and donate their work to the Wikimedia Commons. Each photographer on this page has contributed at least 10 of our Featured Pictures.
My name is Alain Carpentier and I live in the province of Quebec, in Canada. I’ve worked for 8 years for an Internet provider and software development. I am currently vice president of technology of a B2B and E-commerce company. For a number of years, I had no hobby but work. Then I discovered photography and it has become my passion.
I’ve started contributing to Commons in September 2007 and have accumulated 10 promoted featured pictures. Hope to provide more in the future.
Mon nom est Alain Carpentier et je suis du Québec (Canada). J'ai travaillé pendant 8 ans pour un fournisseur d’accès Internet et une compagnie de développement de logiciels. Je suis maintenant vice-président des technologies d’une compagnie B2B et commerce électronique. Pendant plusieurs années, je n’avais que le travail comme passe-temps. Ensuite j’ai découvert la photographie et c’est devenue ma passion.
Je contribue a Commons depuis septembre 2007 et j’ai accumulé jusqu'à maintenant 10 “featured pictures”. J'espère continuer à en apporter encore plus dans le futur.
English: My regular contributions with photos and illustrations to Commons started in 2006. Photography has been a hobby for a long time, though I’m relatively new to digital techniques. I enjoy photographing people as well as nature themes and macro photography. Like in other forms of art, interpretation of reality is an important component of Photography, through which we seek to recognize beauty and show it to others. That is true not only in artsy photos but also in more illustrative works. My first serious camera was a Canon FT, the last, a Nikon D800E.
Português: A minha contribuição regular para o Commons, sob a forma de fotos e ilustrações, começou em 2006. A Fotografia tem constituído um hobby desde há muito, embora as técnicas digitais sejam para mim uma relativa novidade. Gosto de fotografar pessoas e temas da Natureza, e também de fazer macro fotografia. Tal como noutras formas de arte, a interpretação da realidade é um componente importante da Fotografia, através da qual procuramos reconhecer a beleza e mostrá-la aos outros. Isso é verdade não só em fotografia artística mas também em trabalhos mais ilustrativos. A minha primeira máquina a sério foi uma Canon FT, a última, uma Nikon D800E.
First FP: 11 Octber 2006 (probably my best photo) Joined this page on: 2 June 2007
I was born in 1978 and live in Germany. I started contributing to the German Wikipedia in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, I discovered Commons and started to contribute the first photos.
I practise photography as a hobby for several years now and it still keeps providing me constantly with new challenges. I enjoy photographing moving objects (mostly cars) same as cities, humans, landscapes, nature and animals. Photography really is a versatile hobby and that is also why I enjoy it so much. Besides that I love to travel, which fits very well to my photography hobby.
I'm a 29 years old programmer living in Marne-la-Vallée, in the suburbs of Paris. I started photography with an Olympus D40-Z compact camera and later got into panoramas. I realised how far we can go after I came across a POD showing a panorama of Sydney harbour on english Wikipedia. I decided I could try to do the same and that instead of keeping my pictures for myself, I could give them to Wikipedia which is so useful to me.
I shoot mainly landscape panoramas, with a preference for night architecture shots.
I use a Canon EOS 400D most of the time with an EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 and a Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lenses, and am very pleased with the results. I use and try to promote free softwares for post processing. They include Gimp, Hugin, Enblend, Enfuse and ImageMagick.
I am studying Computer Science at Latrobe University, I’ve been contributing my images to the articles on the English Wikipedia for a few years. The majority of my photos are of wildlife local to my area and I particularly photographing birds, stitching panoramas and editing/enhancing my pictures in Photoshop - the "digital darkroom".
My equipment includes: A Panasonic FZ-30 Lens: 7.4-88.8mm (35-420mm 35mm equivalent) ~ Raynox macro conversion attachment ~ Software: Photoshop CS3
Ich wurde 1957 geboren, lebe in Trier und arbeite in der IT-Abteilung eines großen deutschen Unternehmens.
Zur Fotografie kam ich 1976, damals mit einer Revueflex 1000s, die mir 20 Jahre gute Dienste geleistet hat. Meine ersten Versuche mit einer Digitalkamera unternahm ich mit einer Kodak DX 6490 die aber auf Dauer meine Qualitätsansprüche nicht befriedigen konnte. Aber dank der Digitaltechnik hatte ich endlich nahezu volle Kontolle über die Bildergebnisse. Richtig aufwärts ging es mit der Anschaffung einer Pentax K10D.
Ich befasse mich bislang vorwiegend mit Architektur- und Reisefotografie.
Deutsch: Mein Name ist Friedrich Karl Böhringer, geboren 1962 in Bregenz und wohnhaft in Wolfurt, Österreich. Als gelernter Tischlermeister bringe ich mich in der Entwicklung eines Schweizer Büromöbel- und Bürostuhlherstellers ein. Die Freizeit gehört zum grössten Teil meiner Familie, der auch drei Kinder angehören.
Eine innerbetriebliche Herausforderung brachte mich auf die Seiten von Wikipedia. Fortan war es mein Ziel diese Idee zu unterstützen. Nachdem ich kein Autor bin war für mich klar, dass ich die Seiten mit Bildern auffrischen könnte. So bin ich seit dem 25. Mai 2007 nahezu täglich in den Wikipedia und Wikimedia Commons unterwegs.
Mein Hobby ist die Fotographie
1977 im „Frankreichurlaub“ schoss ich an der Ardèche beim Kanu fahren die ersten Serien- und Landschaftsbilder. Nachdem das Ergebnis so toll war, rieten mir meine Freunde weiterzumachen. Die geliehene Praktica wurde gleich gegen eine Minolta Minolta XD7 getauscht.
My name is Uwe Aranas. I was born 1964 in Heidenheim, Germany. After graduating as chemical engineer, I was hired by a Technical Inspections Organization. I am earning my life as pressure vessel expert in the field of industrial safety.
Once upon a time
I was a boy when my father helped me to manufacture a wooden cubical box with a side length of 30 cm. He was a vocational teacher and at that time, his subject was photography. This summer in the early 1970's, I managed to produce a blurry shot of our house with my home-made Camera obscura and still today I think, that this moment pioneered the way for my life long enthusiasm for photography. The workshop area of my father housed at that time a small chamber of approximately 2m x 1.2m that was not accessible for us boys and we had to get a special permit to enter the darkroom with this conspicious odour of chemicals and all those instruments and apparatuses, that the "digital generation" of photographers never got acquainted with. I was eager to help my father, and eventually proved to be a good assistant. After spending some time with shaking JOBO tanks, handling the exposed paper sheets in the bassins with developer, stop bath and fixer, I was awarded with my first regular camera, a Rollei 35 B. Not much of my photographic work as teenager survived study and several relocations. Times have changed, as well as my photographic equipment. Though the todays workflow in digital photography is a little bit different, I still take advantage of the B/W experiences of my boyhood.
I started to contribute to german Wikipedia with the special scope "Sabah" some years ago. Getting notified, that there were only few photos available, I started a photo documentation project for this remote federal state of Malaysia which is still going on. Beside this time consuming work, I indulge in portrait and studio photography and in taking pictures of all kind of buildings and objects, that might be of encyclopedial value.
Amateur wildlife photographer from the UK. I have been contributing for more than nine years. Please feel free to use any of my wildlife photos that I have uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, many of which are also in Wikipedia articles. My featured pictures and many of my quality and valued images are on my user page. Animals from around the world are in my International gallery.
My equipment includes two Canon 70D bodies with 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, 24-70mm f/4L, and 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM EF lenses. Before 2014 I used a Canon EOS350D with 75-300mm IS lens. I use Photoshop CS6.
My name is Christian Mehlführer and I am from Vienna, Austria. I am currently working towards my PhD degree in Communications Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology.
I started with digital photography a few years ago with a Minolta Dimage S414 which I replaced by a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-F828 soon. In March 2006 I finally bought my first DSLR and—over the time—several lenses.
I love traveling to far destinations where I take most of my nature images which I contribute to Commons. A passion of mine is high resolution panorama photography for which I am using the Nodal Ninja  nodal point adapter on my Manfrotto tripod and PTGUI  for stitching. At some time in the next years I want to create my first gigapixel panorama...
My name is Chris Woodrich and I am a doctorate student based out of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I took up photography as a hobby while in high school in Canada, but only became serious about it in 2013, when I purchased my first DSLR. My photographs generally depict Indonesian culture, architecture, and landscapes, although I also enjoy taking wildlife photographs when I have the chance.
My first contributions to Commons were in 2011, and since then I've uploaded several thousand images, including over a thousand photographs I've taken myself. Of these, twelve are currently featured on Commons.
Born in 1976 in Sète (Hérault, France).
I am an amateur photographer and although I am open to all photographic subjects, I have a clear preference for landscape photography and nature photography in general. I feel fortunate to be involved in a project like Wikimedia Commons and to have the opportunity to share photos of my region. I delight too in giving a part of my time to various maintenance tasks of the project.
The interpretation of this song by a famous guitarist is one of the reasons that led me to buy my first guitar when I was 15 years old and that I still try to play....
Predatory shieldbug (Picromerus bidens) devouring a caterpillar (Inachis io) on a nettle leaf, Danaus plexippus, Aeshna cyanea, Lightnings, La Résurrection by Pieter Pourbus, Inside an old RADAR base, Rainbows over Belfort, A footway in Belfort. See more of my works
My name is Thomas and I'm a 22-year-old German grown up near Cologne. Very often, I’m travelling to German cities to upload photos of architecture and cityscape.
With the age of 14, I got interested in photography and started with a cheap digital camera. During this episode, my main photo subjects where trains. Two years later, I bought my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 400D. As my requirements were growing fast, I bought the Canon EOS 50D in 2009 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in 2010. This is my main camera until today and I am still satisfied with it. Today, I don't shoot train photos anymore. After some city breaks with my family, I discovered my passion for architecture and big cities. Since 2010, I am acting in this scope. Having finished secondary school in spring 2012, I acquired a train ticket, which allows me to take nearly every train in Germany for one year. Since then, I've been traveling throughout the country looking for photo opportunities. Since autumn 2013 I am studying economics at University of Würzburg. Therefore I will upload some images of this region in the near future.
I'm a 34 year old Australian from Melbourne currently living in London, England.
I've always enjoyed photography, messing around with video cameras and SLRs since I was a kid, but it wasn't until digital cameras started to become (relatively) affordable did I start to take photography seriously. I started off with a 3mp Kodak DC4800 in 2001, then moved up to a 5mp Nikon CP5000 in 2002 but very quickly hit the wall in terms of flexibility and in 2003, moved up in the world to a DSLR in the form of a Canon 10D when it was first released. Since then, I've built up over time a decent collection of quality Canon glass to support my addiction hobby. In 2005, I upgraded to the Canon 5D, a full frame camera. Unfortunately I had a tripod accident and my 5D and 17-40mm f/4L lens fell into the sea, so I upgraded to a 5D Mk iii in 2012. While I've dabbled in a wide variety of photographic styles, my niche is high resolution stitched panoramic/mosaic landscapes and cityscapes, as demonstrated by my contributions to Wiki.
I'm amused and honoured to be the apparent inspiration for Benh Lieu Song's photography. ;-)
I am active mostly on the English Wikipedia but of course upload all my photographic images to the Commons for use on other Wiki Projects.
I'm a Yr 12 high school student in Victoria, Australia. I live in the country and hence a lot of my photography is to do with nature.
I've been contributing to Wikipedia since August 2004, if you're incredibly bored one damp evening you can read a little spiel I wrote on my first wiki-bday. I started off in photography with an el cheapo Kodak LS633 which turned out to be very good in most respects except for a complete lack of any manual control! With a bit of creative use though it managed to produce a few decent pix.
I took quite a leap really in the camera hierachy when I got a Canon 20D back in April 2005. For a year or so afterwards I was very prolific, clocking up over a thousand photos. However with real life (ie schoolwork!) making more demands on my time my output somewhat dwindled, I think my total of date is slightly under 2000 photos. Check out this for a full list Equipment: Canon 20D, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, Canon 17-40 f/4L, Canon 85 f/1.8, Canon 70-200 f/2.8L, Sigma 150 macro f/2.8, Canon 580EX shoe flash, Canon TC-80N remote release, Slik Pro 700DX, 2x2GB 80x flash cards.
I’m a German native living in America, most interested in nature and travel photography. Earlier in my life, I shot film with a Nikon FM2 and at some point somehow forgot what photography meant to me. In late 2011, I rediscovered my love for taking pictures and bought a used Leica X1 that I’ve been carrying around with me ever since.
I love the arts and I believe that photographers can learn a lot from painters. Therefore, my approach to photography is highly driven by the idea of exploring light and composition. By putting a camera in front of our human eye, we learn to see things differently. It’s that joy of exploring the unexpected, of looking at shapes, colors, and textures in a different way, what makes photography so special to me.
When not chasing golden hours or traveling, I’m with my wife Payton, in Mill Valley, California.
Moscow Correspondence Public University of Arts, Department of Painting and Drawing
My main business is software engineering. Photography is only a hobby. Other interests include travel, biology and military history.
My favorite photographic subjects are nature, military museums, transportation, and architecture.
My name is Georgios (born 1975), I have been contributing to Wikipedia and related projects since 2007. I have studied electrical engineering and computer science. Currently I am working as a teacher of computer in secondary education. I am passionate about black and white photography which I started working since 1993. I develop my black & white films myself but after 2005 I stopped developing photos in a dark room and I am using a film scanner to scan the negatives. The manual cameras I am using include Nikon FM2 and Leica R4 but most of the images I upload in commons are shot by a relatively recently bought (January 2009) Nikon D700 full-frame SLR camera. In my personal blog you can find mostly my black and white photographs. My Nikon D700 has also a GPS and most of my uploaded photos are geo-located.
I love traveling and I like to photograph architecture and monuments. A lot of my images in commons are panoramic images created by stitching software.
I am a PhD student in ecology, studying bee-flower interactions. In my photos I mainly focus on macro photography of plants and insects, in an effort to bring as much as possible from the rich nature of my home country, Israel.
Equipment: Nikon D7000, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro.
This particular name is assigned to a male of the species Homo sapiens, born several billion years after his host planet's formation. For reasons unknown, capturing the souls of the living, the dead and the non-living is a source of pleasure for it.
Ce nom est attribué à un individu mâle de l'espèce Homo sapiens, né quelques milliards d'années après la formation de sa planète hôte. Pour des raisons inconnues, la capture des âmes des vivants, des morts et des non-vivants lui est une source de plaisir.
Este nombre es asignado a un macho de la especie Homo sapiens, nacido unos pocos millones de años después de la formación de su planeta. Por razones desconocidas, la captura de las almas de los vivos, muertos y no-vivos es una fuente de placer para él.
I am an engineer born in Switzerland, now living and working in Tanzania. I am interested in many things, photography and architecture are among them.
I publish only a few pictures but all of them are carefully selected and manually processed from RAW data. Some things I am proud of:
Quality images or Featured Pictures from all Swiss cantons
Featured Pictures from West, East and South Africa
able to take full spherical panoramics with Nadir stitching
I am a telecommunications engineer and an amateur photographer. I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, architecture and animals.
I got my hands on my father's Nikon FM10 when I was 16 and bought a DSLR in 2010. Since then I have added some more gear.
Living in Stuttgart, Germany, I study aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and I'm a passionate amateur in photography and 3D graphics as well as an active supporter of open source software.
My activity on Commons is mostly:
Photography of aircraft and other vehicles
Architectural and travel photography
Participation in community projects such as the Featured Picture recognition process
Body — a Nikon D5000 does the job right now.
Lenses — Tamron SP 70-300 mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD and AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm 1:3,5-5,6G ED VR.
I've been contributing to Wikipedia and Commons since 2007. My first uploads were mainly low quality shots made with camera phones or pictures made by someone else than me. I got more and more excited about photography and bought my fist DSRL in 2009. I try to upload as many useful images to the project as I can, and that includes still also low quality photos as well as high quality photos created with stitching software and DSRL-camera.
I'm administrator on finnish Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons.
Ford Focus RS WRC 09 at Rannankylä shakedown.
Campfire with sparks in Anttoora, Finland.
See more of kallerna's work: Gallery.
King of Hearts
My name is Tony Jin. I grew up in California and am now living in the New York metropolitan area. Ever since getting my first DSLR (a Nikon D40) in 2010, I have had a passion for photography. I mainly photograph landscapes and cityscapes.
Currently, I use a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX, Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR, and Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5 AI. You can find out more about my equipment here.
I am LucaG, a software engineer from the Milano area, Italy.
Despite the beautiful locations in my country, rich in historic sites and monuments as well as crowded fashion events, my favorite locations to photograph are deserts and very high plateaus.
I'm "on top of the world" when waiting, in silence and solitude, for the right light on wide open lands, short of breath because of a rarefied atmosphere but under the deep blue sky at an altitude above 4000m.
I develop my RAW files with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop but I'm not a fan of digital over improving. I do prefer a grainy, slightly out-of-focus image with a great emotional appeal rather then a plastic, sharp, ice-cold image.
I've been contributing to Commons with my photographs since december 2006 when studying countries like Tibet, Bolivia and Lybia on Wikipedia I noticed a lack of landscape images on related pages.
My photo gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40 f/4L, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS, Canon 70-200 f/4L IS, Canon 50 f/1.8, Canon 430EX flash and the essential Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod with Proball Quick Release Head.
My name is Richard Bartz and was born 1976 in Munich, Germany. I work as an Artist/Musican and have a profound love for mountain climbing.
My road to photography
Being a kid I always kept a magnifying glass with me, a present from my grandpa. With the years passing by, and me getting older, this glass was falling more and more into oblivion but somehow it kept staying on my mind for all of this time. After retiring from my job as a visual EFX supervisor last year, and having a lot of free time as an aftereffect of this, i had the chance to go walking out in the woods and mountains of my childhood together with my dog, a Sibirian Husky, feeling like the ten year old boy with his grandfathers magnifying lens again. Though being a few years older now gives me the chance to give in to my childhood dreams and so instead of this simple childs toy, these days i prefer having my Canon Eos 400d with me, coupled with a formidable MP-E65mm lens.
Keeping the fascination for delving into the microcosms of our imminent surroundings since my childhood, my primary mission is to let other people have a chance to peek into those small worlds through my photographic works, something you usually fail to notice in your day to day life, even if you are having a walk through the woods yourself. My almost fanatical urge to take things 'micro', and convert them to our usual 'macro'-world is the reason why i took the alias of 'Makro Freak' on Wikipedia.
In my personal view, if life treats you nice, you should give something of this luck over to other people. Being a professional in Graphics and Visual EFX for over a decade, this as a chance for me to give something small back to the people through contributing some of my photographs to Wikipedia. I started doing contributions on Wikimedia Commons at 22:26, 8 May 2007.
I have a M.Sc. in biology, but am currently studying to become a school teacher. I've been contributing to the Danish Wikipedia and related projects since December 2002. I am an amateur photographer. I like to photograph nature (primarily animals) and whatever motives I pass, that I think might be useful on Wikipedia. Some of my best pictures are "lucky" snapshots. I also like the work in the "digital darkroom" editing and improving my pictures.
As a contributor to the Danish Wikipedia it is natural to submit my pictures on Commons hoping my pictures are of use in other Wikipedias and Wikimedia projects. Indeed this is a major motivation factor for me to go on photo safari.
My equipment includes: Canon EOS 400D / Canon EOS 300D / Canon EFS 18-55mm / Canon tele lens EF 75-300mm
My name is Martin Falbisoner. I'm an historian and archivist, currently living and working near Cologne. I discovered Commons in 2012 and soon after began sharing my own photographs. I strongly believe in the notion of open content, especially in the idea of free exchange of cultural works - which I also quickly learned to rely on for professional purposes. Consequently I am gladly willing to share my own pictures with anyone who is interested in using them.
Photography is just a hobby of mine and therefore I don't have to specialize in or limit myself to any specific genres. Besides sharing my photos on Commons, I also actively participate in international contests under the patronage of FIAP.
The US Capitol at dusk
Munich subway station Westfriedhof
Fireworks over Ponte Vecchio
After obtaining my degree in physics, I developed an interest in the law and trained as a patent and trademark attorney before completing a law degree. I retired in March 2013 after 30 years in practice (22 as a partner) with a London patent attorney firm.
Photography has been a long-term hobby, and it has been gratifying to discover just how many people and organizations look to Wikimedia Commons as a source of freely-usable images.
I am more than happy to help anyone who is in need of the type of image I take, either for use on Wikipedia or elsewhere. I use a Canon 5D Mk II.
I started at Commons on February 4th, 2007. Preferred photographic subjects: monuments, landscapes, trains, ships, travel pictures…
Equipment: during many years, I used a Leica R6 with a 28mm PC-Super-Angulon-R shift lens - which was absolutely fantastic. In january 2006, I switched to digital photography, starting with a humble Canon PowerShot A620. At present I'm mainly working with a Nikon D90 and a AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm: certainly not the best conceivable lens, but very practical during travels abroad or bicycle tours in West Flanders.
See more of Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)'s work: [[MJJR|Gallery]]
Muhammad Mahdi Karim
I am a 19 year old Tanzanian studying computer science in Bangalore, India. I always found photography very interesting, shooting with disposable cameras and cheap point and shoots. It was only after I joined Wikipedia and wikimedia that I took a very serious interest in photography. I bought a Nikon Coolpix and after that was nicked, invested all my savings to purchase my first dSLR. The investment was not a waste and I have been able to explore nature as I had never imagined!
My portfolio mainly consists of macro photographs of arthropods and plant life and occasionally panoramics.
Fascinated by the natural world from an early age I was fortunate to get a job in East Timor, home to some of the most diverse and abundant marine habitats. A desire to share the wondrous beauty of the coral reefs with my wife and one year old daughter, pushed me to explore underwater photography.
After accumulating a number of images from this fascinating underwater environment, Wikimedia offered an excellent platform to share our marine world with others and promote greater awareness and importance of nature conservation for the benefit of future generations.
Image contributions to Wikimedia include marine life from Haiti and wildlife from Democratic Republic of Congo.
I'm a university student studying Engineering and Science in Tasmania, Australia. Most of my photography is of the local flora, fauna and landscapes. I have been contributing to wikipedia anonymously since late 2003 with my first registered edits in 2006. I am mostly active on the English Wikipedia, I submit my images to commons in the hope that they will be utilized across the wikipedias.
Born in Paris in 1982, I live in Toulouse since 2002. Engineer and PhD, in computer science with a background in aeronautics, I'm a rugby amateur and photography lover, a dedicated Commonist and OTRS agent. I'm active in GLAM actions and in local actions of Wikimedia France in Toulouse. You may have had the pleasure to meet me during last Wikimania in Washington D.C..
My name is Diego Delso and I was born in Spain, but I feel myself a world citizen. I love travelling and getting to know different cultures and languages. I have been contributing in the Wikimedia projects intensively since 2007, especially in the Spanish Wikipedia and in Commons, in both I am administrator.
I started -with analog photography- in 1990, when I was 16, got my first handy digital camera (Casio Exilim EX-S1) in 2002 and my first DSLR in 2008 (Canon EOS 450D). After getting inspired by Commons in 2011 I bought that year my first high-quality objective (Canon EF 100m UVM IS) in order to improve the quality of my pictures and contribute with as many QIs, as possible (so far 9,298). In 2012 I got a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and since then I have been enhancing my equipment ended up getting a Canon EOS 5DS R middle of 2015.
I enjoy photographing everything that moves and doesn't, but love especially landscapes, architecture (day or night) and macro photography.
I am a natural scientist from Germany, amateur photographer and by no means professional. I started using DSLRs in October 2009 and basically I'm learning by doing and by taking advice from fellow wikimedians. I like to take pictures of all things small, typically insects and plants, often in combination.
My current equipment is what would probably called medium-class and consists mainly of
I have been a sysop on en: from the 5th of May 2005 , on commons: from the 29th of August 2005 , and on fr: from the 24th of February 2006 , and Oversight on Commons since the 5th of January 2009 .
There is a small page to explain how to use my images. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to contact me should you have any question.
I am interested in portrait photography, and have thus documented several Nobel laureates and other notable figures (see User:Rama/people). I do a fair amount of technical photography in museums, sometimes with accreditation obtained directly, through Wikimédia France or through Wikimedia CH. I also organise or take part in photography campaigns under their aegis; you can see examples here .
I am a software engineer and photographer from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, USA. I've contributed to the English Wikipedia since June of 2003. I've been taking pictures since I got my first digital camera in 2004. I enjoy all types of photography, including architecture and landscapes, but find nature photography to be the most useful for Wikipedia articles. I'm passionate about photography. I enjoy taking beautiful images and making large prints. My favorite location to photograph is the wilderness of Alaska. My pictures have been published in a number of books, magazines, web sites, and other locations. I believe we should strive for the goals of the four freedoms.
I've been contributing to Wikimedia Commons since 2006. Lately i started to contribute to German wikipedia as well. You can see my complete profile here.
My portfolio mainly consists of landscape- and macropictures, which are my favourite kinds of photography.
My name is Wladyslaw (born 1975), I am contributing to Wikipedia and related projects since August 2004. I have photographed years ago with an analog single-lens reflex camera (Fujica) and started 2004 with digital photography. As I realized that my compact camera does not fit my rising pretensions any more I have changed 2006 to a digital SLR. Currently I am using a Nikon D800.
• Here you can find detailed information about my equipment.
I like to photograph architecture, city-skylines and landscapes. Many of my buildings I picture are towers in all variations, e.g. bell towers of churches or television towers. But I am interesting in architecture in general starting at historical buildings and going to modern architecture. I am very interested in brutalist architecture and fascinated about the combination of concrete and steel.
For me it's charming and a nice challenge to detect interesting view points even of well-known buildings or landscapes and to show a new angle of vision as possible. And although I have contributed far more than 5000 picture to this project my ideas for new pictures and motives does not end. There is a lot of work still waiting to have been done. ;-)
I'm a physicist by profession and I'm working in the field of information sciences. My main hobby is working on Free Software in the Debian GNU/Linux Distribution where I started the Debian-Med project. My second hobby is taking nature photos. I do this in my holidays exclusively and I'm a conservative photographer that sticks to using slides for his "real photos". As a consequence some of my uploaded images are not as good as the original slide would allow because the process of digitising was done automatically via Kodak Photo CD where not every single image gets the subtlety it would deserve. In case I will find some more time I might redo some scans manually but this is nothing that will happen soon.
Empecé a hacer fotografía desde los 12 años. 40 años después, sigo con la cámara en mi mano, con mucha experiencia y con mucho camino por delante. La emoción de hacer fotografía el día de hoy es tan intensa como la de aquel día que sostuve mi primer cámara.
I started doing photography when I was 12 years old. 40 years later the camera is still in my hands, with a lot of experience behind me and a long road ahead. The excitement of doing photography today is just as intense as the one of that day that I held my first camera.
Hello! I am Simo Räsänen, also known as Ximonic here in Commons. I am a professional visual artist from Finland, born in 1990. I graduated in Lapland, Northern Finland, albeit nowadays living in the south. As an artist I am mostly doing digital paintings.
As a contributor to Wikimedia projects I am most active in Wikimedia Commons and the Finnish language version of Wikipedia where I joined back in 2008. In Commons I like to submit some of my photographs and organize existing media. I think, quite many people here know me especially from my landscapes of Norway. In Wikipedia I help with various articles and write new ones.
Deutsch: Mein Name ist Dietmar Rabich, hier bei Wikimedia Commons auch XRay. Ich lebe im Münsterland, einer Region in Nordrhein-Westfalen in Deutschland. Fotografieren ist mein Hobby, welches bis in die analogen Zeiten zurückgeht. Am liebsten lichte ich Architektur, Landschaften und technische Dinge ab.
Die Diapositiv- und die Negativfilme der analogen Zeit erzwangen eine strenge Auswahl, bei der viele schöne Bilder entstanden, andere dafür leider gar nicht erst. Auch wenn die Nachbearbeitung kaum Chancen hatte, gerade aber diese Bilder haben einen historischen Wert und ihren Platz hier bei Wikimedia Commons, um die Zeit auch für andere nutzbar zu dokumentieren.
Die Fotografie mit digitalen Mitteln erlaubt die Anfertigung umfassenderen Bildmaterials. Die Nachbearbeitung ermöglicht die Qualitätsverbesserung, die Optimierung. Eine gute Voraussetzung für Bilder, die es lohnt, hier auch anderen zur Verfügung zu stellen.
English: My name is Dietmar Rabich, in Wikimedia Commons also known as XRay. I'm living in the Münsterland, a region in the state North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. One of my passions is to take photos. My favorites are architectures, landscapes and technical objects.
Slides and negative films in the analog time enforced a strict selection of the pictures. So only some beautiful pictures were taken, others were never made. Even post-processing was nearly impossible, but these pictures just have a historical value and Wikimedia Commons is a good place for them. They document history for everyone.
The photography with digital media allows the creation of comprehensive picture material. The post-processing enables quality improvement and optimization. A good precondition for images that are worthwhile to make them available to others.
Born in France in 1965, contributing on Commons since the beginning of the project. I currently live in India where I work for Ekta Parishad. This gives me unique opportunities to take pictures and videos of Indian people, society, culture and environment. I have always been attracted by the free software, and then the free content movement. I contribute to Wikipedia since December 2002. I am the creator of Wikilivres, another wiki for sharing free documents. I have now a Nikon D7000.
Hello I've been contributing to Wikimedia Commons since Sep. 2007. Living in Saitama. It is about 30km north of Tokyo, Japan. I decide we from Sep. 2007 and contribute a photograph to Deer Commons. Spider and the photograph of the insects such as a flower or the butterfly is important.
My Photo equipment
Pentax K10D、 K20D
Pentax Macro 100mm
Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO
Sigma 50mm F2.8 DG MACRO
Fuji Film S3 PRO
Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di (Model272E)
Nikon MF 55mm F3.5 Macro
Nikon MF 105mm F2.8 Macro
Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro
Canon MACRO MP-E 65mm F2.8 (X1-X5)
GITZO G328 and Linhof and microscope stage use for Canon MACRO MP-E 65mm
I am an amateur photographer from Australia, and enjoy taking photos of Australian animals, architecture, landscapes, and my kids. All but my kids are shared with the friendly users of Wikimedia Commons. I hope you enjoy the colours of my sunburnt country as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
I started using a Canon EOS 400D in August 2008, and it's still doing good service. I've finally bitten the bullet and added an expensive lens to my kit, a Canon EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM. So far I like it a lot.