My name is Henning Avenhaus, and I am passionate about photography since several years now. I became interested in it during a four-months abroad stay in Australia and the travels through the outback I did there. While I think that nowadays I would be able to do much better, and while I was technically unable to capture the incredible night sky that is only possible to be seen in unpopulated areas preferentially on the southern hemisphere, I still like some of the photos I took back then.

However, I moved from the rather simple point-and-shoot camera I had back then to a digital SLR shortly after. At the time, those FotoVonMirwere rather uncommon and also rather expensive, but in retrospect, it was the best decision I could have taken. I still own that camera, although I have moved to full frame in the meantime. However, I think it is not the better camera, the better lenses or the better tripod I have today that really makes the difference between the photos I took years ago and the ones I take today. What has changed is that I know better what to look for and have more patience to wait for the right light. I also know a lot more about composition, though I more and more try to be guided by my gut feelings.

I try to capture the light and the beauty of the landscape as I see it. My view might not be unique, but it might also not be the standard way, so if you feel that I misrepresent anything, don’t be angry – it is the way I see the world around me. I mostly (but not exclusively) shoot mountains, because I like to hike in them. Originally from Germany, I lived in Switzerland for a long time and am now located in Santiago, Chile. Besides landscapes, I also shoot portraits.

When not hiking in the mountains or waiting for the right light which just doesn’t want to come by, I am a postdoc in Astronomy. I also got to play with some awesome “photographic” tools due to my work – since 2012, I was able to visit the Very Large Telescope at Cerro Paranal in Chile several times, which is definitely the biggest lens I have ever used (8m in diameter) and is now equipped with the heaviest camera I have ever commanded (8 tons).

If you have questions about me or my work, do not hesitate to contact me.


(last updated: February 11, 2015)