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The River | © Daniel Kriss
The River | © Daniel Kriss
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Melbourne Instagrammer In Focus: Daniel Kriss

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Updated: 5 January 2017
One of Melbourne’s new and determined photographers, Daniel Kriss, spends most of his time outdoors capturing unique collections of people, urban scenes, landscapes and by far our favourite, phenomenal astrophotography. We caught up with this inspiring talent to find out what life’s like through the lens of Daniel Kriss.

Culture Trip: How did you get into photography?

Daniel Kriss: I really only got into photography last year when I decided to take the plunge and fork out the money for a full frame camera after shooting previously with a smaller point and shoot. I started to see some night sky pictures pop up on the internet and I was amazed by the detail captured. I thought to myself ‘I want to take pictures like that’. From then on, I’ve developed a love for all things photography, spending my weekends exploring the countryside looking for interesting and beautiful places to capture. I love the time spent outdoors and find the whole process is a great way to unwind and meditate. I’m also starting to get into the portraiture side of things and finding that a lot of fun too. I recently had my first experience shooting a wedding and absolutely loved it, and I’m excited about the future in that regard!

Perspective | © Daniel Kriss
Perspective | © Daniel Kriss

CT: What inspires you?

DK: I guess I’m inspired mostly by nature. There’s nothing I love more than exploring and trying to capture and interpret the beautiful things I see. I love taking pictures of people and urban scenes too, but overall, I spend more time out shooting landscapes and working on my astrophotography.


CT: Are there any photographers whose work influences you?

DK: I always keep an eye on an Australian photographer named Chrystal Hutchinson. I’m a big fan of her landscape work; I love the way she frames each scene, and there is always such great depth and life in each image.

The Universe and Me | © Daniel Kriss
The Universe and Me | © Daniel Kriss

CT: Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram?

DK: One of my favourites to follow is Michael Shainblum. He does a lot of nightscape photography which I love, and his images are always amazing and inspire me to get out and improve my own technique.

Weekend | © Daniel Kriss
Weekend | © Daniel Kriss

CT: Has Instagram changed the way you photograph?

DK: I think Instagram helps improve your photography because of the daily exposure to many talented artists. You can always pick up new ideas and advice from other like-minded photographers.

Mist | © Daniel Kriss
Mist | © Daniel Kriss

CT: Do you believe Instagram is an effective way for you to show the world your work?

DK: I think it’s a fun and easy way to put yourself out there and connect with people from all walks of life. It’s not too intimidating or complicated, and that’s what I like about it.

Morning Sun | © Daniel Kriss
Morning Sun | © Daniel Kriss

CT: Among all your images, which are your favourites?

DK: There have only been a few images that really stand out; one was a picture I took of a sail boat while I was traveling in Turkey a few years ago. I had to swim out a few hundred meters being careful to not wet my trusty Canon s95 in order to get close enough for a shot. I love the image, but there’s also a great memory of taking the shot, and that’s half the fun!

The Storm | © Daniel Kriss
The Storm | © Daniel Kriss

There’s also a picture that I took of my grandmother with one of her rescue horses. It’s a retired racehorse that was being neglected; it was taken by the RSPCA before she adopted it and gave it a second chance at life. I think there’s so much emotion in this picture, but I’m not sure how to put it in words. I haven’t shared it until now, but it’s probably my personal favorite.

The Moment | © Daniel Kriss
The Moment | © Daniel Kriss

To see more of his stunning work you can follow him on Instagram @dankrissphoto.