Making photo's is one thing, editing is the other.

Control both and perfect picture will become in range.

Recently I notice that perfection is boring. I think photography is about the beauty of imperfection. Maybe one should strive to perfection of imperfection.

  

I started making photo's at the age of 8. I took my mother's old belly-camera from around 1950 to take some photo's at my first school trip to the Zoo. The shutter speed was determined by the speed of your finger! Later on, it was done in the dark room. Nowadays life is easier with Photoshop.

 

What camera equipment I am using? I can shoot with any camera. A camera is just a tool like paint brushes for a painter. Do you ever ask a painter which brushes he uses for his painting? I think only the results counts ;-)

 

I try to shoot all kind of things; nature, flora, fauna. people, action, buildings, abstract, macro and even surreal. Every subject needs its own specialism. This is a challenge and fun at the same time :)

That's why I'm feeling more like a 'decathlon' photographer than being superb in one subject. But most credit will go to my nature images. I love to take you on my journeys around world by showing my photos day by day. I've travelled all around the world and seen beautiful scenery's but remember that a good photo can be taken anywhere even in your own neighborhood.

 

I love to wander around at Flickr. There are so many talented people here. I wish I could be one of them.

 

I'm married and have two kids, born and live in The Netherlands. Your comments are all welcome (good or bad). In my opinion the viewer is always right ;-)

 

For those who really loves my photos you can order my photo book with over 182 breathtaking images spread over 80 pages. You can order this high quality photo album via Blurb.

 

My passion behind the camera

My first photo album

By Ben Visbeek

Book Preview Make a photo book with Blurb

 

Lately my contact list is growing rapidly ...and I found myself struggling to comment on all these beautiful images. I have more than 16000 contacts and it's still growing. Please don't be offended if I am not adding you as my contact too. I do read all my comments and reply on e-mails. Thank you.

 

Picture you, Picture me,

Ben Thé Man

visbeek@dds.nl

 

All rights reserved © Ben Visbeek

All photo's in my stream may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

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- Aleks - says:

Most of all I like the views of Dutch cities from Ben Man. I have been following his work for a long time. An excellent, real artist.

January 23, 2021

Ben's work is masterful! Very informative too. I have learned much from his work and he is a loyal friend, here on Flickr. I value his visits and look forward to seeing his new posts. From current photography, to reedits of yesterday's work; always good. Beautiful work Ben.

January 20, 2021
lgflickr1 says:

Wow, a truly inspiring photo stream. There is a reason why Ben is the man. I had to go to page 1 and start the journey though your photos. A consistent level of excellence and brilliance that is exhilarating and motivating. I look forward to seeing everything you share, wishing I was standing where you have been a… Read more

Wow, a truly inspiring photo stream. There is a reason why Ben is the man. I had to go to page 1 and start the journey though your photos. A consistent level of excellence and brilliance that is exhilarating and motivating. I look forward to seeing everything you share, wishing I was standing where you have been and possessing your ability. I'm in awe, thank you for your photography.

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July 17, 2020

Une bonne galerie avec des photos intéressantes à voir,amicalement Eric

February 3, 2020
Mariano says:

Una gran galeria de imagenes y momentos decisivos con una edición excelente, gracias por compartir tus imagnes. Te sigo, un abrazo.

January 24, 2020

Ben is one of my oldest friends in Flickrland and certainly one of the most talented photographers around. His stunning images speak for him, as the World is his playground. In addition to his obvious qualities as a painter-reporter-photographer, Ben is a great character: look at his images, read his comments and you'l… Read more

Ben is one of my oldest friends in Flickrland and certainly one of the most talented photographers around. His stunning images speak for him, as the World is his playground. In addition to his obvious qualities as a painter-reporter-photographer, Ben is a great character: look at his images, read his comments and you'll find a generous, friendly and dedicate Man behind the camera. Thank you so much for your friendship Ben, you really deserve to be called «the Man»

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January 2, 2019

Hello ! Your amazing gallery is a real pleasure for my eyes ! You say you don't like perfection ... but your shots are simply perfect and I'm sure they don't need any photo editing !! congrats and greetings from Geneva !!

December 30, 2017
@petra says:

Dear Ben. We have been contacts and friends on flickr over many years now. I really don´t know why I did not write a Testimonial for you yet, as you deserve it so much. I don´t have much more to say than your friends and contacts already did here, on beautiful Testimonials written to you before mine. To say the least… Read more

Dear Ben. We have been contacts and friends on flickr over many years now. I really don´t know why I did not write a Testimonial for you yet, as you deserve it so much. I don´t have much more to say than your friends and contacts already did here, on beautiful Testimonials written to you before mine. To say the least, it has been a delight to follow your work and to follow you on your travels around the world. What a privilege for you, for all of us... In a way I feel even a bit close to your lovely family, as they are all always next to you in your journeys all over the Planet. It is lovely to witness how you share all these beautiful and rich moments. Yes, your friends here are right about the great things they say about you. I feel the same way. It has been an honour to be your contact, dear Ben and be sure that your great photography has been very inspiring all along this flickr time. I agree when you say that photography can be beautiful even in its imperfection. Some images out there are really imperfect sometimes, but have a lot to say. It is all about a way to "read" them, understanding their messages... Thank you for adding so much beauty to our days... ...and thank you for your support over all these years! Your brazilian friend, Petra November, 2017 (much, much delayed) :)

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November 7, 2017
Learned Ring (deleted)

How do you say that someone is an absolute brilliant person and has so much talent it drips off them. Apart from being kind and good and such a great contact to have on Flickr. There is only one problem I have with Ben, he has not figured a way to get me to all these wonderful places he shoots and describes to us. H… Read more

How do you say that someone is an absolute brilliant person and has so much talent it drips off them. Apart from being kind and good and such a great contact to have on Flickr. There is only one problem I have with Ben, he has not figured a way to get me to all these wonderful places he shoots and describes to us. He alone could be a travel guide to some of the most beautiful places on earth. I admire him as a photographer and as person. Thank you Ben for sharing and letting me see the world through your eyes......Alice

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June 21, 2011

Ben is, for me, one of the finest photographers on Flickr. His landscapes are so amazing, a viewer has really the idea he or she went to the places he visits, and wow what a places he has seen! A professional photographer who gives people the chance to look through his camera and see the world. Thanks for being a fr… Read more

Ben is, for me, one of the finest photographers on Flickr. His landscapes are so amazing, a viewer has really the idea he or she went to the places he visits, and wow what a places he has seen! A professional photographer who gives people the chance to look through his camera and see the world. Thanks for being a friend Ben!

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July 30, 2011

Ben takes amazing wonderful photos . The beauty in his photos is breathtaking. His talent at seeing what is beautiful in our world. He is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. he is kind, thoughtful, and helpful beyond measure. If I have a question he has an answere. If I nee… Read more

Ben takes amazing wonderful photos . The beauty in his photos is breathtaking. His talent at seeing what is beautiful in our world. He is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. he is kind, thoughtful, and helpful beyond measure. If I have a question he has an answere. If I need help, he is there to see how he can help. Ben, my only true friend from Holland... " Ben the Man" is one of those rare Angels among us. I love you, Ben! I love your amazing family! God bless you ALL!

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September 22, 2010

Here I am ...finally,,,after 17 months, since I have found Ben on Flickr, just about the same time that I found flickr...he was one of my first contacts ( I didnt even have photographs taken lol ). I toke a while to start posting something but I would always look at his images and get inspired :) About 5 months a… Read more

Here I am ...finally,,,after 17 months, since I have found Ben on Flickr, just about the same time that I found flickr...he was one of my first contacts ( I didnt even have photographs taken lol ). I toke a while to start posting something but I would always look at his images and get inspired :) About 5 months ago He added me as a contact ( the wait was worth it :) and I got so excited and since then he's always lightening up my days with amazing words. Sometimes I know that my image is pretty poor but when I read Ben's comment I think...yes, i really need to improve to make this comment worth it ! Yes, Ben is the most special contact and flickr friend I have and I feel really blessed! Wish you Ben all the best, success and health to you and your beautiful family !!! Thanks for sharing your great work, inspire and support !!! Regards Elaine xxx

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March 20, 2010

I really enjoy your informative photostream, with wonderfully composed photos, that tell stories themselves. You have brought to light a few countries I will never see, but now understand more about the lifestyles. From sea level to alpine altitude areas, on places you have been, you are very descriptive !. Thank you… Read more

I really enjoy your informative photostream, with wonderfully composed photos, that tell stories themselves. You have brought to light a few countries I will never see, but now understand more about the lifestyles. From sea level to alpine altitude areas, on places you have been, you are very descriptive !. Thank you for your dedication, of learning and passing on what you have learned. May all your journeys in Life, be safe !

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February 14, 2010

Ben es un extraordinario fotógrafo, es de las visitas infaltables que hago a diario pues es fuente de inspiración para muchos de los que le seguimos. En sus imágenes muestra su parte humana compartiendo las fotos de su bella familia y los viajes que realiza por diferentes partes del mundo, un mundo muy diferente a los … Read more

Ben es un extraordinario fotógrafo, es de las visitas infaltables que hago a diario pues es fuente de inspiración para muchos de los que le seguimos. En sus imágenes muestra su parte humana compartiendo las fotos de su bella familia y los viajes que realiza por diferentes partes del mundo, un mundo muy diferente a los que vivimos al otro lado, lo que lo hace emocionante y fascinante a la vez, además de didáctico por la información que plasma en cada una de ellas. Gracias Ben por compartir tu fantástico trabajo, es un honor para mi que tenerte como amigo.

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December 29, 2009

One needs no introduction of Ben...his photographic contributions would convey much more of him than words. He is simply outstanding in every domain of photography—from portrait to landscape, from seascape to street-shot and from architecture to wildlife. Two years back, I was just a new entrant to this Flickr world … Read more

One needs no introduction of Ben...his photographic contributions would convey much more of him than words. He is simply outstanding in every domain of photography—from portrait to landscape, from seascape to street-shot and from architecture to wildlife. Two years back, I was just a new entrant to this Flickr world and I chanced upon to view his work for the first time. I have since been blessed with his ever encouraging presence on my album. His inspiring words, guidance and comforting touch have been as fabulous for me as are his offerings to the Art of photography. It has been an unforgettable experience treasured deep within me.

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August 26, 2009

Nu Ben (waarschijnlijk) op vakantie is, merk ik dat ik zijn fantastische foto's en opbeurende kritieken mis. Ook al zie ik geen nieuwe foto van hem bij mijn contacten staan, dubbel check ik dit door ook z'n stream te bekijken (je weet maar nooit). Ben was één van de eerste bezoekers op mijn stream die de foto's voor… Read more

Nu Ben (waarschijnlijk) op vakantie is, merk ik dat ik zijn fantastische foto's en opbeurende kritieken mis. Ook al zie ik geen nieuwe foto van hem bij mijn contacten staan, dubbel check ik dit door ook z'n stream te bekijken (je weet maar nooit). Ben was één van de eerste bezoekers op mijn stream die de foto's voorzag van opbouwende kritiek en tips voor verbetering. Hierdoor zette hij mij aan het denken en gaf hij mij de inspiratie om weer op pad te gaan en de tips in de praktijk toe te passen. Ik heb je hier nooit met zoveel woorden voor bedankt, maar bij deze! Omdat Ben onlangs zijn 1ste fotoboek heeft uitgegeven leek het mij een goed idee om juist nu deze testimonial te schrijven. Een ieder zal snel inzien dat dit boek boordevol staat met adembenemende landschappen, intrigerende portretten en het neusje van de zalm is van Ben's werk. Een preview (de eerste 15 pagina's) is te zien op www.blurb.com/boo... Het is een heus meesterwerk geworden en bron van inspiratie voor een ieder, mijn complimenten Ben. Mikel Hendriks - 4 aug 2009 -

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August 4, 2009

Zo, dat wordt achter aan sluiten zie ik! ;-) Vind dat het maar eens tijd moet zijn mijn loyaalste contacts es in het zonnetje te zetten. En jij, Ben, schaar ik daar zeker onder. Altijd neem je de tijd en moeite te reageren op mijn foto's, vaak ook zelfs met tips en ideetjes om er nog meer uit te halen de volgende keer.… Read more

Zo, dat wordt achter aan sluiten zie ik! ;-) Vind dat het maar eens tijd moet zijn mijn loyaalste contacts es in het zonnetje te zetten. En jij, Ben, schaar ik daar zeker onder. Altijd neem je de tijd en moeite te reageren op mijn foto's, vaak ook zelfs met tips en ideetjes om er nog meer uit te halen de volgende keer. Dit werkt erg motiverend en wordt zeer gewaardeerd. Over de kwaliteit van je stream hoeven we het eigenlijk niet te hebben, die is ronduit geweldig, misschien zelfs wel ongeevenaard hier op Flickr. Dat wijzen de bakken met faves en het aantal Frontpages wel uit. En de aandacht die je krijgt is 100% terecht, aangezien je voor iedereen altijd een goed woord over hebt. Daarom, Ben, blijf van die mooie foto's schieten en alvast succes met je eerste fotoboek. Ik denk dat ze als warme broodjes gaan! Allard.

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April 7, 2009
byJurjen says:

beste Ben, Wat moet ik zeggen? Alles is al gezegd! Je bent al vanaf het begin één van mijn favorieten geweest. Elke keer weer super gave foto's, met fantastische sfeer. Heb nog maar weinig foto's gezien die mij niet helemaal bevallen. Eigenlijk geen één. Super werk lever je. Ik zie je dan ook een beetje als e… Read more

beste Ben, Wat moet ik zeggen? Alles is al gezegd! Je bent al vanaf het begin één van mijn favorieten geweest. Elke keer weer super gave foto's, met fantastische sfeer. Heb nog maar weinig foto's gezien die mij niet helemaal bevallen. Eigenlijk geen één. Super werk lever je. Ik zie je dan ook een beetje als een meester haha. Ben dan ook blij om je als contact te hebben. Dus ben Keep the good work up and don't stop. Groeten uit Friesland. JURJEN

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March 29, 2009

I have traveled the world through Ben's photostream! Ben is able to capture images of life in far-off places that I will never visit. Each of his photos is unique and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoy visiting his photostream every day, and I look forward to many more fantastic photos from him.

March 20, 2009

Take a look at his stream and feast your eyes !! You can expect one of the most impressing photostreams on flickr. Ben has an impressing eye for composition and he proofs, that you don't need a professional DSLR to take awesome images. Nice that you share your hobby with us maatje !

January 8, 2009

Ben Visbeek is for me a sort of a "James Bond of the photography"! Though working as a Cost Controller for a worldwide leading manufacturer of construction equipment in Amsterdam, he has time enough to notice and explore the world with his camera. The Flickr-community can be glad, that he is kind enough to upload his r… Read more

Ben Visbeek is for me a sort of a "James Bond of the photography"! Though working as a Cost Controller for a worldwide leading manufacturer of construction equipment in Amsterdam, he has time enough to notice and explore the world with his camera. The Flickr-community can be glad, that he is kind enough to upload his results: So we all can share his trips from whale watching to parachute-gliding, from wheat fields to coastal lines...

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January 12, 2009

Ben is fantastic. A fantastic person, a fantastic photographer. He has seen so much and shares a lot of this great world with us. His photos are full of life and fun. He is also so intelligent! His photos always come full with information. It's a great pleasure to have met him in the flickr world!! ;-)

November 18, 2008
(Erik) says:

Bēn the Photographer, Bēn the Artist, Bēn the Man... I'm a huge Fan...

September 5, 2008

Spectacular Photography on Ben's stream! So many breathtaking images, I go crazy with the beauty that comes from his photos, not to mention the touch of Magic on some of them... like: WOW! It is a delight to browse his Flickr stream! Thank you for sharing your Amazing photos with us Ben!! :-) ;************** Many… Read more

Spectacular Photography on Ben's stream! So many breathtaking images, I go crazy with the beauty that comes from his photos, not to mention the touch of Magic on some of them... like: WOW! It is a delight to browse his Flickr stream! Thank you for sharing your Amazing photos with us Ben!! :-) ;************** Many kisses from your Fan and Admirer Paula*

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July 1, 2008
Tammy M says:

Ben is one of my VERY favorite photographers EVER! It's like he took a trip through my mind and came out with pictures of all my very favorite things. Visiting his photostream is like taking a long, lovely vacation. I like his sense of humor and the fact that he takes the time to really look at your work as well. He'… Read more

Ben is one of my VERY favorite photographers EVER! It's like he took a trip through my mind and came out with pictures of all my very favorite things. Visiting his photostream is like taking a long, lovely vacation. I like his sense of humor and the fact that he takes the time to really look at your work as well. He's a great contact and a fantastic photographer!

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June 21, 2008

Ben is not only a skilled photographer, knowing his way with abstracts as well as with beautiful landscapes, architecture and nature pictures. He is also a master in combining magic and reality in his pictures. His creativity shows off in many ways, leaving it to the visitor to just enjoy his beautiful magic world o… Read more

Ben is not only a skilled photographer, knowing his way with abstracts as well as with beautiful landscapes, architecture and nature pictures. He is also a master in combining magic and reality in his pictures. His creativity shows off in many ways, leaving it to the visitor to just enjoy his beautiful magic world or to find out what's real and what is not. He's one of my friends I would not want to miss on Flickr. Please take a look at his stream ... and enjoy!!

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June 3, 2008
Monica says:

Wow....all I can say about his photos is that the first I ever saw of his photos stunned me, and he keeps doing it with every single photo he posts, such amazing talent in every one. He is a great Flickr friend, and an AMAZING photographer :)

April 19, 2008

So many beautiful testimonial yet... So I say short and easy: Ben is GENIUS as photographer! Very characteristic ,extraordinary images - full of dynamism and life! One of the Greatest Masters of Life Gallery! and...wonderful Flick -Friend...:-))) Thank you that you are! My best regards to your talent... Beata

April 1, 2008

Everyday I login to flickr, Ben's stream is the first one I visit in my contacts. Always something new, something beautiful. His landscapes are just insanely perfect. Ben is surely one of flickr's reference in photography and his stream is always a treat for the eye. Thanks for being around Ben ;)

February 29, 2008
Wakeful Drop (deleted)

Ben is definitely an accomplished photographer, both in his compositions and his eye for catching superb details in his shots. Each new photo in his stream is an inspiration to me! I am always so impressed at the photos he takes...thanks Ben!

January 30, 2008

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