Since her childhood Silvia Reiche has been interested in nature and wildlife, especially in little creatures like butterflies, caterpillars and beetles. At the age of 12, she studied dead flies under a microscope and started to collect caterpillars to find out what will happen. She remembers the day her family came home after a short holiday and in her room two butterflies were flying against the window (some caterpillars have escaped). When she grew older her hobby turned into a serious passion and in 1991 she bought her first Canon SLR camera switching to digital photography in 2005.
Her love for butterflies and nature are in her genes. She loves to go out in the early morning, when mother nature is switching from night into day, and photograph sleeping butterflies. And very often when she is lying in the grass she meets other creatures like deers but mostly, she enjoys the sound of the birds. This music in combination with the ultimate feeling of freedom gives her satisfaction: that's her meaning of life.
Silvia's speciality is macro photography. For the "normal" butterfly pictures she uses a 180mm macro lens. For special close-ups or really small creatures, like jumping spiders, she uses a special macro lens (MP-E 65mm) which offers her 5 x zooming. Patience is the keyword in macro photography as all the little creatures are frightened to death when a human being with a huge macro lens comes near....the butterfly will fly away and the jumping spider jumps away. Sometimes she needs days, even weeks, for one good photo.