Moshe Levis is gifted with a keen eye for Landscape Photography, a talent exposed by capturing our planet Earth’s most amazing creations: majestic mountains, magical waterfalls, golden roads, natural lakes and rivers, animals, etc.
Moshe’s photography journey started only after he came to visit in the United States, having Wichita, Kansas as his first city of travel. The moment Moshe experienced the large open spaces, all the green fields and the changing landscapes he knew he had to start taking pictures; and if not for himself, then for the family and friends.
Growing up in Israel, in a city environment, his gift for photography was kept in a state of hibernation. Moshe did not grow up taking pictures of every little thing he saw nor did he get his first camera when he was just a child (although he was always fascinated by his grandpa’s camera collection).
After leaving the Israeli Air-force – which is a mandatory service – Moshe could finally start his life as a man, chasing his dreams; and photography was not at all part of his dreams.
A few months before booking his flight, to the United States, the plan was to travel and start a new adventure and exciting life with the first girl he loved, but when it came down to the moment of truth, they realized they were dreaming in different directions. Heart broken but excited, Moshe finally booked his first flight to the US.
The Fuji Finepix S5600 was Moshe’s first digital camera, at the age of 20, and that’s the camera he took with him to the U.S. It was a great camera for him at the time. Not too complicated, not too heavy, no interchangeable lenses; but also not a pocket camera. Perfect for taking quality photos of his new adventure.
After being a full time graphic designer in the clothing industry, Moshe had realized how fascinated he was when seeing all the beautiful and creative editorial photos in the fashion photography world. That was when Moshe first picked his camera to take photos he envisioned rather than just clicking the shutter release button. There was so much to learn about the different settings of the camera and about techniques and how to get out of Auto mode. Self taught, Moshe captured better and better photos, more of what HE wanted and less of what the camera wanted.
Friends and family and even strangers complimented his photography, appreciating the creativity and the ability to frame a scene…a moment in time. Although the Fuji Finepix S5600 was good for getting more experience and confidence, it wasn’t good enough to start taking professional photos, meaning, charging for the service.
Moshe decided it was time to invest in a more professional camera. His first entry level digital camera with a cropped sensor, the Pentax k-r. That camera changed his life, by making him realize what his passion was in life. It wasn’t only photography in general, which he loves, but the fact that he noticed how calming, fulfilling, fun, beautiful and spiritual it was to take photos of our ever evolving planet: Earth.
Taking those breathtaking photos wasn’t enough for Moshe, something was missing, and soon he understood what it was. Taking photos and viewing them through your computer screen is fun, but it’s lacking the physical experience of holding a picture, the reason for capturing a moment – to suddenly see it and relive your experience, by printing and hanging the photo. It reminded him he missed the old days when he used to go to the local camera store and develops his rolls of films from when he went on trips with friends and family. These where not professional, but they had meaning. They showed moments of love, happiness, sadness, fun and moments you took for granted (before you saw the pictures).
Nikon D800e, was the turning point of Moshe Levis’s photography. His first professional full frame digital camera. It symbolized a new era, success, new goals and dreams, love (for he purchased the camera with the love of his life), and last but not least, the capability of printing his master pieces landscape and fine art photography on a much larger scale. This is when Moshe Levis really started his most challenging adventure yet.
We know by now that everything is embedded in our genes, our mental and physical traits. So event-hough – believe it or not – Moshe’s grandpa did not really take any professional photos, maybe somewhere down the family tree, someone was a talented aspiring photographer.