Ana Springfeldt was born into a family of photographers. Her mother was an engaged Leica photographer with own darkroom. So Ana got very early the feeling that photography means something very special, nearly sacral.
She started her first steps in photography as a child with Kodak Instamatic Camera. Later on, she got Pentax Me super and Canon A1 SLRs. Her special interest in that days was landscape and nature.
After finishing school with A-Level, she had some internships and assistences in photographic and editorial work. During studies in sociology, she still found time for her camera. But also the passion for horses was strong, so she took the chance to work with well known riders and made the official diploma for professional riders in Germany.
After exciting years on horse sports, the fascination for photography and journalism remained stronger. Since the year 2005 Ana concentrated herself on horse photography.
She started in Spain and first publications in German EQUUS-Magazin followed.
Since 2010 Ana works as a free photographer and journalist for CAVALLO, Germany’s greatest horse magazine. She lives in a farmhouse near Hamburg (Germany) with horses and dogs.
During my career as a photographer, I have spent years working successfully with professional DSLR models. My work in equestrian sport means I have to deal with difficult lighting conditions and very fast-moving motifs. The demands on my equipment are high.
Because photography is both my passion and my profession, I bought myself a FUJIFILM X-Pro1 some years ago. I was fascinated by its streamlined, purist appearance and conventional controls, where you could make manual adjustments directly by using the aperture ring and speed dial. It goes without saying that I’m not prepared to make compromises when it comes to picture quality, but I was absolutely overwhelmed by my first FUJIFILM X camera.
When the X-T1 came onto the market, I was tempted by the idea of testing it in my work. That was at the Derby horse race in Hamburg, with the FUJINON XF55-200mm. The X-T1 was totally satisfactory all along the line. I hadn’t expected that. I found myself leaving my heavy DSLR cameras at home more and more often. You become more creative when you can work quickly without becoming tired.
With the X-Pro2, I now have a camera that can substitute for the large DSLR in every respect. Dark halls, fast horses – the X-Pro2 again exceeds all expectations. In my view, its enormous dynamic range is another major advantage. As professionals, we cannot choose the location from where we are going to take our photos. This means we frequently find ourselves in unfavorable situations with stark contrasts and backlighting. However, the X-Pro2 allows me to lighten the image yet still obtain high-quality results. The high resolution also facilitates generous clip enlargements; the cropping potential is enormous.
The whole package with the fast, accurate autofocus, good high ISO capacity and excellent controls with conventional dials for setting the time, aperture and ISO make the X-Pro2 the perfect tool for me as a professional photographer. I am also gradually acquiring more and more FUJINON lenses. This means that I will be able to rely entirely on FUJIFILM X in the future.