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Bios

Stanley Breeden

Born in the Netherlands, Stan emigrated to Australia in his early teens. 

Today, Stan is recognized as one of Australia’s pioneering nature photographers and writers. 

He is the author of some 20 natural history books, and has been published in the world’s leading natural history magazines. 

He is a double Emmy-award winning documentary film-maker and writer (Land of the Tiger and Australia’s Twilight of the Dreamtime), having worked in both Australia and India for National Geographic and the BBC.

After retiring from film photography, he embraced the digital realm with gusto.

Together with Kaisa, Stan produces fantastically clear and detailed views of nature’s realms, using their pioneering techniques of focus stacking combined with HDR and macro panorama photography.

Some of Stan’s earlier books:

The Life of the Kangaroo, 1966, Angus & Robertson

 

Tropical Queensland, 1970, William Collins (joint second prize in Captain Cook Bicentenary Literary Competition)

 

Australia’s Southeast, 1972, William Collins

 

Wildlife of Eastern Australia, 1973, Book Club Assoc. Sydney

 

Australia’s North, 1975, William Collins

 

Kakadu—Looking after the Country the Gagudju Way, 1989, Simon & Schuster

 

Visions of a Rainforest—A Year in Australia’s Tropical Rainforest, 1992, Simon & Schuster

 

Uluru—Looking after Uluru-Kata Tjuta the Anangu Way, 1994, Simon & Schuster

 

Through the Tiger’s Eyes—A Chronicle of India’s Wildlife, 1996, Ten Speed Press

 

Kaisa Breeden

Kaisa hails from the bush of the Blue Mountains near Sydney, where she grew up in a family of artists, designers, writers and marionette puppeteers. 

She is a third generation artist/designer in her family (on both sides), received a Diploma of Multimedia in 2002, and has devoted the last ten years to exploring high-end digital photography techniques.

Kaisa has pioneered new digital photographic methods of focus stacking combined with HDR and macro panorama photography. 

As a result, many of the subjects she and Stan depict are composed of five, and up to 25 or more photographs. This goes some way to explaining their never-before-seen detail and luminosity.

Her ultimate aim is to produce photographs so detailed and clear, you feel you could reach into them. 

Kaisa was named one of the Top Ten IPhoneographers by Misho Baranovic on Digital Photography School, and her perspective on the potential of the iPhone for nature photography can be read on ABC Arts: 21st Century Nature Photography.

Her iphoneography and tips are featured in the e-book, iPhone Photography by Misho Baranovic and Digital Photography School, as well as interviewed in Photos (a guide to photography with the iPhone and iPad) by Tom Rudderham.

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In the Media

Stan and Kaisa’s work is featured in Australia’s foremost photographic and nature magazines, as well as

journals and newspapers around the country, including Australian Photography &

Digital (August 2012), Australian Photography (October 2010, January 2011 and May 2014 ), Better

Photography (No.62, 2011, No.68 2012 ), Australian Photography + Digital (March 2014) Digital Photography (Issue No.20), Good

Reading Magazine (May 2012) and QANTAS The Australian Way Magazine (2012), and

Australian Geographic.

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Some recent interviews about Stan & Kaisa and their work:

Radio National Interview: Books and Arts Daily: Small Wonders—a new way of seeing nature

Go No Go: Podcast: Small Wonders—Interview with Stanley and Kaisa Breeden

Fotoflock Interview

Digital Photography School: 10 of the best iPhone Photographers

ABC Arts: Mobile Nature Photography

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Awards, Books, Exhibitions and Workshops

* In 2006 Kaisa and Stan jointly won the ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographers

of the Year Award. ANZANG stands for Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New

Guinea, and it is the largest nature photography award in Australasia.

* In 2007 Kaisa and Stan won the ANZANG Portfolio Award.

* In 2008 they were the winners of ANZANG Nature’s Botanical Award, and runners-up

in the Black and White award.

* In 2008 they spent four months in the southwest of Western Australia photographing

wildflowers for the book, Wildflower Country—discovering biodiversity in Australia’s

south west.

* In August of 2010, Wildflower Country was published by Fremantle Press, to great

acclaim. The first of its kind, this book combines extensive focus stacking macro

photography out in the field in natural light.

* Kaisa and Stan’s fine art digital photography featured in the solo large format

outdoor exhibition for the King’s Park Wildflower Festival in 2010, which attracted some

600,000 people.

* In 2011 they jointly won the inaugural Eric Rolls Natural History Writing Prize and participated

in the Watermark Literary Muster in Kendall, NSW. Their winning essay, entitled Larry

comes to Bulurru, describes their observations and love of their special part of the

world, its terrible tearing apart with the advent of Cyclone Larry, and the gradual

resurrection of the forests since.

* In April 2012 Rainforest Country, a companion volume to Wildflower Country, was

published by Fremantle Press. It has been very well received, and is recognized as a

landmark publication in the art of new digital nature photography.

* In October 2014, Stan and Kaisa were invited to be the Keynote Speakers at the WAPF (Western Australian Photographic Federation) Nikon event in Mandurah, and presented a day-long workshop on focus stacking.

* In November 2014, Small Wonders was published by Fremantle Press. Small Wonders is Stan and Kaisa’s third fine art book featuring extensive focus stacking, a world first.

* December 2014 saw the release of their ebook detailing their focus stacking techniques in Focus Stacking in the Wild.

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