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Tomasz Furmanek

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Tomasz Furmanek (@tfbergen) is an adventure photographer that captures the beauty of Norway from a kayak. Tomasz strives to show his community the beauty of hard-to-access places.

Q: What made you want to become a photographer? 

A:  I am only a part-time freelance photographer, but have a background in microscopy and imaging. 


Q: How and why are you using Lume Cubes in your work?

A:  I mainly use the Lume Cubes as backup lights while kayaking and as video lights for GoPro cameras. I have used Lume Cubes for many years because they are robust and waterproof.


Q: Who are you inspired by? 

A: Chris Burkard


Q: If you weren’t a photographer? What would you be instead?

A:  I work in marine science with genetics and bioinformatics. I also use Lume Cubes at work while filming experiments for documentation


Q: What is your go-to camera?

A:  Nikon D500 for sports and a GoPro for action and while kayaking.


Q: It looks like you spend a ton of time in your kayak and in the water, when did you first start photographing your time there? 

A: I started doing kayak photography about 10 years ago. I have been collaborating mostly with GoPro the last years as many of my photos and videos from the kayak are taken using a GoPro


Q: Any advice for new photographers?

A: Equipment can be in some situations, but many people who are starting out put too much focus on equipment instead of experimenting with their camera. I would recommend travel and experimenting with your camera. Setting constrains for yourself and focusing on testing out new things is important as it forces people to think in new ways and see things from a different angle. 


Q: How do you keep your photos fresh and new?

A: I try to go to new locations


Q: What is the best part of your day? 

A: The best days are being out in nature trying to capture the feeling of the calm and balance while being alone in remote places 


Q: What do you find most interesting about the perspective of a kayaker? 

A: You get to see places that are difficult to reach and see nature from a different perspective.


Q: Coffee or tea? 

A: Coffee


Q: What’s your favorite photo you’ve taken and why? 

A:  GoPro photo taken of the remote Nærøyfjord at Dusk.

I had to paddle far and paddle back in the dark to get this photo. The camera was not technically advanced but still managed to work to get the photo. I have tried to recreate this several times, but it is difficult to get these calm conditions and this light in this location


Q: If you could photograph anything in the world (person, place, thing, etc), what would it be? 

A:  I would like to do more extreme sports photography


Q: Where is the next place that you want to shoot with Lume Cubes at and how would you use the Cubes? 

A: I plan to do more underwater video and photography this year, and more night adventure photos. I also plan to use the Lume Cubes more for videos in Low light conditions.


Q: Describe your photography style in 5 words.

A:  GoPro kayak photos from Norway