ABOUT ME

Marek Ondracek

  • Freelance photographer
  • Lecturer, trainer and Olympus Ambassador
  • I photograph since 2006 and from 2012 also professionally (commissions)
  • I photograph landscape, interiors and architecture
  • I organize photographic workshops where I share my knowledge and experiences
  • I simply devote myself to the beauty and ways of capturing it. I find it especially in the nature, but also in different kinds of art, architecture and others.

Marek Ondracek

    • *1987
    • Freelance photographer
    • Lecturer, trainer and Olympus Ambassador
    • I photograph since 2006 and from 2012 also professionally (commissions)
    • I photograph landscape, interiors and architecture
    • I organize photographic workshops where I share my knowledge and experiences
    • I simply devote myself to the beauty and ways of capturing it. I find it especially in the nature, but also in different kinds of art, architecture and others.

I SHOOT LANDSCAPES

My journey as a photographer has been ever closely linked to the landscape and nature itself. Year by year I become more aware of the importance, fragility and variability of nature and I am also interested in the influences and processes that shape it. Also I increasingly discover and realize its hidden effect on man, but also the effect of man on it. Since I have for a long time lived and still work in a big city, I’ve got more and more a need to find peace and solitude in nature. My try to capture it the best I can goes with it hand in hand.

I SHOOT INTERIORS & ARCHITECTURE

Since 2012 I photograph professionally, initially percussively and different commissions from portraits to interiors and architecture. Since 2019 I concentrate on commission work more intensivelly and interiors and architecture – hence restaurants, hotels, houses, flats and different architectonic and design features became my main and only focus within commissions. It’s this particular genre I became gradually fond of, for it’s in many ways similar to landscape photography, I’ve got a good relation to it and I can appreciate the beauty and artfulness of a good architecture and design.

With my long-time friend and also photographer Milan Strachota, we created (or revived) the project Fotitele.cz. This is primarily an Instagram project, which includes photos that capture mostly a particular atmosphere of places and do not fit into our regular portfolios. Despite rather slow gradual beginnings, today we see it as a very independent and special project, and we increasingly appreciate the photos included in it.

MY MILESTONES

2006

– I bought my very first DSLR camera and started discovering photography

2012

– I started to photograph professionally

– First contracts for wedding and conference photo

– The project Fotitele.cz was founded by me and my friend Milan Strachota

– I started selling my photos via stock photo websites

2013

– First contracts for interiors and exteriors shooting

2015

– I started working as a product manager at Olympus Czech Group

– I became an Olympus ambassador

– The photo “Cold sunrise” made it to Top 10 of the “Great summer contest” of Scenerie.cz

– The photo “Flowing” ended up 3rd in the “Magic of autumn” contest of Scenerie.cz

– I lead my first shorter one day photography workshop

2016

– The first all weekend landscape photography workshop was arranged within the cooperation of Olympus / Fotolab.cz

– My first directly sold photo (Srdov hill) to a printed magazine (Krásný venkov)

– I started more deeply discover photography, especially post-process techniques, which very much took my photos to the higher level

2017

Landscape of Being exhibition – a common exhibition of me and my friend Milan Strachota. For the first time we formulated our attitude to the landscape photography and the landscape (nature) itself. The name of the exhibition then became a whole concept of our photography, which we stick to still.

– My first sales of photo prints

– 1st place with my photo “Autumn morning at Bled lake” in the “Autumn daybreaks” contest of prestigeous Czech printed magazine “FotoVideo”

– My photos selected in the selection of the best photos in “Fine Art Photography awards”

2018

– Founding of this website markusnakus.cz

2019

– I started with video making – my first contract for META o.p.s. nonprofit organization

– I’m taking further my photography work within interiors and exteriors photography – a big contract for Villa Richter restaurants

– Winning the “Lens of a Lifetime” contest of the prestigeous Landscape Photography Magazine with my photo “Autumn morning at Bled lake”

– My first clearly own landscape photography workshop with a deeper landscape photography grounding arranged

2020

– I photographed a couple of apartments for owners of real estates rented via Airbnb.

– I started long term cooperation with SOLARA company, for which I photograph their installations of skylights.

– I got a big commission work for SZDC – Railway administration to photograph 13 locations (railway stations, viaducts etc.) for the purpose of printing new wall calendar 2021.

– I arranged first one day “voluntary” workshops with individual price.

– I became a full-time freelance photographer.

MY GEAR

Since 2015, my photography path has been strongly associated with Olympus company, in which I gratefully work as a product specialist and trainer. Thanks to this, new horizons have opened up for me both in terms of photographic techniques and knowledge, as well as greater openness to photography genres and motives. It has also enabled me to lead photographic workshops, giving me the chance to share my experience and help others to improve what they enjoy, which makes sense to me like nothing else.

Since 2015, my photography path has been strongly associated with Olympus company, in which I gratefully work as a product specialist and trainer. Thanks to this, new horizons have opened up for me both in terms of photographic techniques and knowledge, as well as greater openness to photography genres and motives. It has also enabled me to lead photographic workshops, giving me the chance to share my experience and help others to improve what they enjoy, which makes sense to me like nothing else.

Current photo equipment

Camera

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Lenses

Most often I use high quality M.Zuiko Digital lenses of PRO series. Specifically 12-40mm F2.8 PRO; 40-150mm F2.8 PRO and 7-14mm F2.8 PRO. For portraits etc. I also use bright fixed lenses, especially 17mm, 25mm and 45mm.

 

Other equipment

Tripods, filters, flashes, reflective surface…

Current photo equipment

Camera

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Lenses

Most often I use high quality M.Zuiko Digital lenses of PRO series. Specifically 12-40mm F2.8 PRO; 40-150mm F2.8 PRO and 7-14mm F2.8 PRO. For portraits etc. I also use bright fixed lenses, especially 17mm, 25mm and 45mm.

Other equipment

Tripods, filters, flashes, reflective surface…

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