A Winning Photograph in the Wildlife Photographer of the year awards 2017. This fine art black and white print of a male chimpanzee has been awarded first place "Animal Portraits" in the Worlds most prestigious Wildlife competition.
Over 3 years ago I sold all my pro Nikon DSLR and move over to the Fujifilm mirrorless platform.
In some ways it was a leap of faith as Fujifilm had not released there telephoto zoom XF 100-400mm. And the FujiFilm XT-1 was not by any means a Wildlife Photographers camera. But why? I can hear you say.
My decision to move to mirrorless had not gone unnoticed by my wildlife photographer peers. The usual banter was mixed with some serious concerns about my choice. Auto focus, lenses and sensor size were the issues raised most often and quite rightly.
Photographers have to be technologically minded yet artistic as they peer through a viewfinder. They compose artfully with their minds eye, yet their fingers move dials, buttons, levers with fluidity to ensure a perfect technically but artistically created photograph. Whilst at the same time being aware to any change in their surroundings.
The dynamics have changed for the working photographer from how they photograph, edit and output outputs. The choice of photography gear for today's photographer is so important. Competition has increased so to stay ahead you and your camera need to be able to meet the increasing demands placed on today's working photographer.
Today a freelance journalist told me she would get £480 for writing a piece on Wildlife for Digital Photography magazine and she wanted to use my photographs to support her article, but alas there was no budget for my photographs.
I am a full time Nature/Travel Photographer. My photographic journey began in earnest in 2007. Back then I had a choice of two brands from one system "DSLR". Regardless of which brand I chose it was going to be an expensive investment of around $30k. 3 months ago FujiFilm South Africa kindly loaned me their flagship camera XT-1 and the XF56mm f1.2.
Meeting Gaynor Young and Barbara Royce was a most wonderful uplifting and inspiring occasion. Gaynors story is well know within South Africa and further a field. If you are unaware of her inspirational story please have a look at her blog/website. And if you love to read check out her book "My Plunge to Fame" for insight into the capacity of the human spirit triumphing over adversity.
It is not every day that I get charged by two black rhino and escape unhurt with both vivid memories and an image. While on Photo Safari Tour at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. I was fortunate to come across a pride of lions in an active mood. My guide and I noticed that one of the Lions had spotted something on the tree line in the distance and had begun to stalk it.
Story behind the photograph of the Etoshas Bull Elephant, The Godfather "
He stands still before me in all his magnificence, raising his trunk filled with the red Kalahari dust. In one fluid movement he sprays his forehead and for one brief moment he is covered in the magic of dust and light"
When you are alone and in the presence of a Kalahari black mane lion, a primeval fear takes a hold of you. Even though you tell yourself "you'r safe" you can not totally shake this feeling. It's there lodged in the back of your mind.
Art of black and white photography and it's demise due to lack of interest by photographers to learn the basics and to apply it. Presets have become the norm and demise of the Art Of Black and White Photography
The mindset that a photographer can only make photographs with a DSLR is bewildering. A camera is just a tool and in the right hands can create great photographs. It really doesn’t matter the make, the size, whether it's digital or film. All that matters is the end result. "The Photograph”