Michael Frede (born in 1961), who grew up in Stade, near Hamburg (Germany), is a qualified computer scientist. He has been working as a freelance nature and landscape photographer for 15 years, and also organizes photography excursions and workshops.
Over the last 10 years, Michael Frede has focused most of his activity on the rough terrain of Swedish Lapland. His projects include making advertising films for fly-fishing adventure providers, and photographing unspoilt scenery for clients and self-marketing purposes.
Each of his photographic works begins with the “arrival”, absorbing the scenery, finding natural lines and utilizing the fall of light on the terrain. Many details of his pictures only become apparent after they have been viewed several times. Observers are constantly discovering new things in his works.
Michael Frede has also been organizing photography excursions and workshops for his company “Fotoabenteuer.de”, founded in 2005; these focus on landscape photography and all kinds of creative techniques. The preferred locations range from Swedish Lapland to southern Italy and the coastal regions of Germany where Michael Frede expounds his contemplative style of photography.
Michael Frede also gives expert talks and photo workshops at various national events and photography trade fairs.
As a landscape photographer, I often find myself in rough terrain in temperatures that might be anything from minus 35 to plus 45 degrees. The Fujifilm X-System is a compact, high-quality system that withstands all weathers and meets all photographic requirements. This naturally also applies to the Fujinon lenses that I have come to know and love.
Since adding the Fujifilm X-System to my collection, I can now take photos of situations such as vehicles or husky sleds in motion, something I wasn’t able to do before with my medium format equipment because of its weight and speed.
I love the Fujifilm X-T1 control system with its dials for the most important functions; I can even use them when wearing thick gloves in temperatures of minus 35 degrees. The dustproof and waterproof metal housing is also very forgiving if the camera is occasionally submitted to rough treatment.