Finding a new passion

Published 9:01 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Surgery leads man to explore new hobby of photography

Hormel mechanic Rob Heijerman missed four months of work this year because of back surgery.

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The time off allowed the Albert Lea man to find a new passion: photography.

Robert Heijerman

Heijerman’s photographs mainly capture landscapes and long exposures of nature and wildlife.

“I like adjusting the settings to try to get what I want out of it,  things like that — mostly try to get pictures come from different aspects, different perspectives,” he said.

“I always like things that people wouldn’t normally see … the same pictures, different view.”

Heijerman purchased a digital single-lens reflex camera in May.

“Over time you learn what you can and cannot do, and once I understood the settings, then it was just fun to play with,” he said.

Heijerman hopes to continue to take pictures and encouraged other people do the same.

“I don’t think a lot of people know it, but taking a picture of lightning is pretty easy, almost,” he said. “I’d love to actually start making some quick videos showing people that. For $500 you can buy a pretty nice DSLR and two lenses and everything, so you can get them shots yourself.”

An Albert Lea area resident, Heijerman said though his photography is not a business, he is available to take pictures for people who want family, senior or landscape photos.

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