I discovered wildlife photography in 2006 and quickly enjoyed immortalizing these intimate moments spent in the nature.
At first, I used a film SLR camera, followed by my families first digital compact camera, then, when I realized that this had become a passion, I decided to buy my first digital camera, a bridge camera, Lumix FZ18 which I combined with the teleconverter TC E15ED Nikon. Together, we wandered around, without sparing ourselves the difficulties of the nature (sand, rain, snow, silt, summer heat, mountain cold...)
For some time, I have been trying to tame a 300mm F4 Canon lens on a EOS 450D body with more or less success...
To come as close as possible to my subject, I use different strategies:
- The floating lookout:
Hidden under a kind of camouflage tent floating on a raft, I browse the shallow wet areas seeking for animals. Once I spot the animal, a slow and delicate approach begins. This technique gives great feelings, because you are at water level. Birds may consider you as part of the landscape and want to come take refuge on the raft, as it happened to me with a brood of coots.
- The fixed lookout:
Following a very precise tracking, I decide to build a blind in a place frequented by animals. I have different fixed blinds that I either leave behind or that I disassemble every time. They are made of canvas or camouflage nets, and, so that they blend into the landscape, I use materials found in the area. One of the techniques I enjoy using for the water birds is finding a sort of river that empties and fills up depending on the tides, and placing a lookout nearby. I go there at low tide and I only have to wait for the tide to rise so that the flow drives the birds back.
- The approach :
I move very slowly in a place where I know I can find animals. The idea is to surprise an animal and to come very close to it without it having noticed me. For an approach by foot, a neutral outfit, silence, and your smell dispersed by the wind, are essential.