Only a handful of photographers ever gain fame for their work although the images themselves may be recognized around the world.
MrShutterbug Wildlife Photography is a collection of works by one photographer whose passion is wildlife photography
Photography begins not in the camera but in the mind, or so they say. The challenge is to capture what you see and appreciate around you in the lens.The excitement and exhilaration then comes when you get to share your vision with others.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
My Father first introduced me to photography at a very young age. He took several photographs of nature and displayed the prints on my bedroom wall. He taught me to appreciate what mother nature and the world have to offer…
It was only later when given a Digital SLR for my 31st birthday in 2008 that my interest in photography reignited. Since then I have been inspired by the technical and creative possibilities that photography offers. I have explored and photographed nature, landscapes, buildings, architecture and people. I have hiked through forests and cities; lugged camera gear through rain, mud and snow; always seeking out that special shot that reveals the hidden beauty in each object.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE IMAGE?
My favourite photograph is taken by wildlife and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore of a blood-stained polar bear as it scavenges a bowhead whale carcass. To me it captures the essence of what a wildlife photograph is all about - pure unadulterated raw power. It took one man an epic journey into the frozen Arctic National Wildlife refuge to capture this powerful image of Mother Nature at its best.
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS?
As an aspiring photographer, I have taken direction from many books, videos and web links that all give advice on how to take that better photo. For the beginner however, the jargon can be overly technical and confusing with long subjects on exposure, composition and shutter stops. I would offer 3 simple pieces of advice. Bring your camera wherever you go as the number one reason why people miss a good shot is because they don't have a camera ready at hand. You never know when that perfect image may present itself. Learn and know your camera as well. You don't need to memorize every feature right away, but over time you should be comfortable enough so that operating your camera becomes second nature. It's like learning to ride a bicycle - only when the machine becomes transparent are you really driving. Take lots of photographs - if you think you shoot enough, you don't. It's that simple shutterbugs. When shooting big cats, I generally take over 1000 photos and am happy if I have 10 good images. The beauty of using a digital camera, means there is no added cost to taking more photographs, so why take just one when you can take several? You may be in a place you may never visit again. So take a picture, because even the most simple day-to-day scenes can become priceless in just a few years time.