“PDN’s best 30“ probably sounds familiar to you. In 1999 already the Photo District News Magazine published its first “30 New and Emerging Photographers” list and thus started a new era in the photographic industry. Before that, young photographers barely had the chance to start a successful career or attract attention. They would usually work as newcomers and assistants for experienced photographers, practically doing a traineeship. The “PDN’s best 30” list, according to PDN editor Holly Hughes, has significantly helped to eventually overcome this system.
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.
“To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul.” – Andri Cauldwell
I’m a huge fan of black and white photography. I think that sometimes, when it comes to photographs, colors simply distract from the subject or motif. Black and white photography on the other hand is subtle and in some occasions it lets you focus on the essence of a photograph much better than any photo in color ever would allow! The other day I stumbled across a gorgeous black and white photograph of a lion. It was so beautiful and mesmerizing, I simply had to find out more about the photographer and his work.
When I reported about that baby weasel riding along on the back of a green woodpecker in March, I was completely sure that that motif had been a truly singular photo opportunity. As two rather similar photos show, which have been published since then, animals hitching a ride happens more often than one would think. The first photo was taken by Richard Jones at the Oklawaha River mid-June, in central Florida, and shows a racoon “surfing” on the back of an alligator.
However, that one’s got nothing on the second photo which was published a few days ago. The amateur photographer Phoo Chan, who lives in California, managed to take a picture of a crow “hitching a flight” on the back of a bald eagle.
Today I’ve managed to find another interesting YouTube video. Just like the title implies, it’s about a very courageous man, who cuddles with wolves, as if they were pussycats. The man in question is Monty Sloan, the Wolf Park photographer. At the time this video was shot, he was making photos of the main pack in Battle Ground park, in Indiana.