Snakes in a Studio. In Andrew McGibbon’s Studio, to be exact.

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Animal photography

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Like putting snakes on colored pieces of paper and photograph them slithering away.

That’s what South African photographer Andrew McGibbon did. And the results are awesome.

But Andrew didn’t do it just because it looks cool. He thinks the snake has been given a raw deal and wanted to show the unfairly treated animal in a new light.

“The venomous, cold-blooded rattling, hunting silently and striking suddenly – there is no room to teach that they are simply animals looking to live and defend from attack, when the symbolism is so dark and alluring, says Andrew.

“These images, then, are a result of my attempts to break down our suppositions of the animal. Photographed with warm light on bright colours, I am looking at their enchanting beauty and design, and their vulnerability, as creatures simply existing outside of the buckling pressure of the evil they are meant to represent.”

Well said. Head over to Andrew’s Behance page for the full story.

Nature Photographer Jasper Doest’s First Experience with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Animal photography

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Fashion photographers, commercial photographers, product photographers – they all shoot with flash. Amongst nature photographers, on the other hand, the use of flash is less widespread.  But Jasper Doest shoots with flash. And he just tried the Profoto B1 off-camera flash. Here is what he has to say of it, in his own words:  

In the field of nature photography, there’s still some hesitance against the use of artificial light sources. I don’t agree with this. Just as long as you use your flash in an appropriate way.

Try to practice balancing the light on a stuffed animal or a human model. You’ll notice that if you point your flash directly at your model at full power he or she is not going to be happy. It could even cause temporarily eye damage. So be careful with this. Another reason why you do not want to do this is that it creates very harsh flat light. Artificial light is meant to control the quality of light, not as a compensation for lack of light quantity. When you learn how to control the quantity and to balance the light from the right angles you will find that using a flash unit in a natural environment does not cause any problems for you and the welfare of the animals.

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Lions and Tigers and Sharon Montrose

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Animal photography

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The Animal Print Shop, by photographer Sharon Montrose, features shots of all kinds of amazing animals including, yes, lions, tigers, and bears.

Sharons was recently featured with an interview on Pictureline where she revealed how she got started, the best and worst parts of her job, and how she responds to requests for advice.

Head over to Pictureline for the full article. It’s a good read.

Peter Kemmer, Cheryl, and a D1 Air Kit

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Animal photography

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What do you do when you get a D1 Air Kit for Christmas? Peter Kemmer, who describes himself as an “avid photographer, gamer, programmer, and wannabe artist,” broke it open and got right to it, with an adorably quirky portrait of his pet rat, Cheryl. Read below how he got the shot, what he loves about the D1 Air, and his thoughts on rat stereotypes.

I’m on an ongoing mission to rectify rats’ terrible PR. I’ve kept pet rats on and off since I was a teenager working at a pet store, and of all the small domesticated animals, I feel they are by far the most intelligent, loving, playful, quiet, and clean. Rats are beautiful creatures, and move with the grace of a cat with hands. I try to capture their charm in photography to fight the greasy, chittering, Hollywood stereotype… to show rats for what they are, without all the makeup and foley! As an avid hobbyist and would-be artist, they have been a frequent and beloved subject of mine. Read More

Matthew Seed: Horse Photographer

Written by Matt Wilson on . Posted in Animal photography

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Matthew Seed’s website is simply called Horse Photographer. Not only does that describe what Matthew does, it also says something about his humble approach and the respect he shows for the animals he photographs.

It was for this very reason that Matthew avoided using flash for many years.

“I started out not using flash at all,” says Matthew. “I thought the horses wouldn’t like it. But I soon got bored of doing that, and my personal view on photography is that it’s all about controlling light. I know the landscape guys would say different, but for me the thrill is having that control and painting with it.”

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