About Me



My name is John Niehaus and I am an amateur photographer. I enjoy making photos of sunsets, scenery, nature, and artistic interpretations of them. I created this gallery to share my photos and enjoyment of natures unnecessary beauty with friends and visitors online.
The phrase (and previous name of this website) "unnecessary beauty" was inspired by the following quote-

"It is difficult, when looking at such extravagant inventiveness, to avoid the question: why is so much of nature so unnecessarily beautiful?" -Gordon Stainforth ("Eyes to the Hills", p.51.)

All of these photos were made by me, but God made them possible. I was just in the right place at the right time, or was gifted with an artistic vision. I hope you enjoy them.
I've been interested in photography and art my whole life. My photography has been inspired by John MacMurray (book- "By Chance?"), Ken Duncan (book-"America Wide"), Gordon Stainforth, and John Moran (book- "Journal of Light").
Most of the photos in the gallery were taken with digital cameras. I have used film cameras, including APS cameras and my fathers 35mm as a child.
One thing I've learned is that the camera usually does not matter. For most photography, a fancy camera is no substitute for skill and artistic vision. And of course, luck. Learning is never ending in photography, I am still honing my skills and artistic style

After that, if you still care, here is a list of the equipment used for the photos in the gallery-

  • Canon 20D, 5D, 5D Mk III.
    EF 17-40mm f4L USM.
    EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM.
    EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM.
    EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM.
    EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM.
    EF 50mm f1.4 USM.
  • Canon PowerShot G15.
  • Canon PowerShot G9.
  • Panasonic FZ30.
  • Panasonic FZ20.
  • Olympus C770.
  • Olympus 2100.
  • APS Minolta Vectis S-100 SLR, Vectis 20 and 40.
  • Various cell phones and iDevices.
  • Paintings were done using acrylic paint.

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