As I already mentioned wildlife photography in my opinion counts among the key disciplines in photography. Animals hardly ever stand still, they don’t care about how you’d like them to pose, they’re unpredictable and mostly don’t want to cooperate. That’s particularly true with wild animals as, besides the above mentioned facts, they also tend to escape from photographers or even attack them.
Photographers specializing in wildlife photography fascinate me for this reason. You often read interviews about photographers using their own tricks and techniques to get very close to the animals without disturbing them in order to take pictures in really natural scenarios and behaviors. Wildlife photographers often say that it doesn’t matter how often they track an animal in the wilderness as the moment when they take the picture and face the animal is always something exceptional and awesome.
A recent and much-discussed video by National Geographic makes us understand the special and magical experience of a wildlife photographer in a better way. The video is about Michel d’Oultremont, a Belgian photographer who explains the pursuit of the perfect photo of a wild animal. The video makes clear that excelling as a wildlife photographer means hard work and a lot of patience in particular. Solitary hiking at daytime and at night and waiting for hours in the cold or in the heat, not knowing whether, at the end of the day, you’ll be rewarded with a great photo or not…
In any case this video has increased my respect for all those who dedicate themselves to wildlife photography!
You can find more pictures taken by Michel d’Oultremont here.
Like every photographic technique, double exposures are mostly used for their visual effect and not because one has arrived at the decision, after careful deliberation, that a photo is content-wise or aesthetically improved because of it. Often it is assumed that double exposure can hide a bad technique or a boring motive, or make it interesting, which is, of course, a big mistake. In fact, double exposure makes the photographic process much more complex, which in turn makes the successful implementation of such a shot – meaning the creation of a picture people actually enjoy looking at – much more difficult. A shot like this has to be well thought through.
Since most beginners are not aware of this, one gets swamped with double exposures when surfing the internet – weirdly enough it seems to be mostly portraits, which, in my opinion, do not make any sense at all. These pictures do not hold the viewer’s interest for very long.
Andreas Lie’s double exposures are different. They appear to be well though through and to the point. The stile reminds me of Japanese ink paintings, which have always fascinated me. I also like the message that wild animals and their living spaces are one and the same thing! 🙂