I hope this finds you healthy and happy!
In my last newsletter (Creativity in Bird Photography), I eluded to a new vision for habitat shots or “birds in their environment images” (at least new for me) and mentioned how William Steel and I would be collaborating to see if we could bring our ideas to life. When we first discussed the concept in February this year, we were incredibly excited by its potential but were somewhat daunted by its seemingly impossible goals.
We hoped to take images that would combine epic and/or iconic African landscapes with the birds that call these habitats their home. William will discuss the significance of this project in his own words and through his own lens, but for me these images not only show off Africa’s incredible birdlife but also the exquisite biomes that we need to conserve to ensure their survival. These photographs are different to my usual “habitat shots” as they give equal weighting to the beauty of the landscape and that of the bird.
From my perspective, these images are undoubtedly the toughest I have ever set out to achieve. You first have to find scenes that are captivating, dramatic and represent classic African panoramas or habitats. Then you have to find a bird that is willing to enter the shot and stand or fly into a specific space that allows for a pleasing composition.
This newsletter tells the “story behind my first shot” and my most exciting image to date (featured below); an image that I feel clearly illustrates the vision. I hope the excitement I felt while capturing this photograph translates through my words and that you enjoy the narrative that follows.