About

Who is Willi Van Boven as a photographer

My name is Willi Van Boven and I am nature and wildlife photographer living in Belgium. I often got the question if I travel a lot. Since you are a wildlife photographer, you must travel a lot to Africa for the animals. This is actually one of my drivers for the photography as I want to show people that you don’t need to go that far, in Western Europe and even in your own backyard, there are so many species that are fabulous. Off course I like to travel a lot for making great pictures, and it would be a shame if I didn’t take the opportunity to make some abroad, but nevertheless, I try to focus on the Western European wildlife as there is already so much to see here. Therefore you will find a lot of pictures taken in this region.

I started photographing in 1997 when I bought an  AGFA EPhoto 1680. This was in the early days of digital photography.   Afterwards using several types of cameras over the coming years, I bought my first Canon, a Powershot A640, and I was sold to Canon. The colors, sharpness, contrast and effects that Canon offers are fantastic. This came even more to its right when I bought my Canon EOS 450D and later on the more advanced EOS 7D.

I have gathered a collections of objectives and other accessories during the years and currently consists out of following:

‣ Canon EOS 7D
‣ Canon EOS 7D MK II
‣ Canon EOS 450D
‣ Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
‣ Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
‣ Canon EF 300mm f/2.8
‣ Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6
‣ Canon EF-S 18-55mm
‣ Canon EF 28mm
‣ Canon EF-S 18-200mm
‣ Canon EF-S 50mm f/1.8 II
‣ Canon Speedlite 430EX II
‣ Canon BG-E5 battery grip
‣ Massa 1x 2x 4x macro filters
‣ Sigma 150 mm EX DG
‣ Vanguard, Velbon tripod
‣ Tiffen, Hoya and B+W filters
‣ Canon A640
‣ WPDC8 underwater-housing
‣ Different Stealth Gear wear
‣ LowePro protection materials
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Respect for nature is an important factor in my work. I come and leave the locations without leaving a trace, no damage to the environment or the animal habitat is one of the most important rules for myself. All pictures on this site respect those rules.