nature & wildlife photographer
How would i describe myself as a Nature Photographer ? For me Nature Photography is a getaway from everyday noise, the possibility to spend time with yourself surrounded by the beauty of nature. With the tools at hand, i`m trying capture the natural world in the way i see and feel it. Nature is full of small miracles. I like to look for these miracles in light and in animal behaviour so that i can later rediscover them in my pictures. My favorite process is to start with a dream of a picture, then undertake my quest with the subject and, when it all comes together, ending by a memorable picture it enriches myself. Taking pictures of wild animals is so challenging , that it fulfills me as both, a photographer and naturalist. What attracts me the most in wildlife photography is that trill of unknown and unpredictable. My camera is just a useful tool to discover and to see. I use the medium of photography as a method to capture the beautiful things i witness in nature, placing a frame around something i have seen, letting the image convey the true beauty of that moment in time, that the words could never describe. It is my intention to use these reflections of the natural world to bring the people`s awareness of what beautiful wildlife we have on our doorstep and all arround us and the importance of conservation and the need to preserve our natural heritage. My photographs have been published in magazines: Nature`s Best Photography Magazine (USA), Wild Planet Photo Magazine (UK), Fotografia de Naturaleza (Portugal), Nature of Things (Israel) and my photo was published in Daily Dozen chosen by National Geographic (USA) editors. Over the past years i become a member of Canon Professional Services, Association of Slovenian Nature Photographers, International Federation of Wildlife Photographers and European Wilderness Society.
WHAT`S IN MY BACKPACK ?
Camera Body, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, Telephoto Lens, Tripod, Binoculars, Memory Cards, Spare Battery, Cleaning Kit, Speedlight Flash, Rain Cover , Drone, Pocket Knife, Multi Tool, Head Torch, Handheld GPS Unit and First Aid Kit. Telephoto Lenses are a must for Wildlife Photography and how long depends on how close you can get and on the size of your subject. I made most of Bear pictures with a 300mm, but that’s because they are big and close. For Birds you need really long lenses, also for animals that are very shy. For these, I use a 500mm, sometimes even with 1.4x Teleconverter, but this lens is big, heavy and not a lot of fun to carry around. Long Telephoto lenses need good support. When hiking or otherwise traveling on foot, a sturdy tripod is the norm. It’s not a great problem when shooting from a hide, but if I’m hiking in the mountains I sometimes use a Teleconverter on the 300mm. I also use a lot of Realtree Camo Clothing and other Camo Gear, Mountaineering Gear and High Alpine Equipment, Hide Tent, Floating Hide, Trail Camera and more and more....
ETHICS AND POST PRODUCTION
All of the photographs on this website are single image captures without HDR (High Dynamic Range) or multi-image compositing techniques. No focus stacking or blending of multiple exposures has been used and there are no overlayed textures or dropped in skies or foregrounds. I learned the craft of photography way back shooting on the old 35mm film cameras ( primarily Yashica FR and Canon FTb ). Transparencies had very little exposure latitude and outside of a a third of a stop either side of a correct exposure the slide was either over or under exposed and destined for the trash. I learned the hard way that it was critical to get my exposures correct in camera and this is something I still try very hard to achieve today shooting digitally. I use graduated neutral density filters in the field extensively in my photography to help tame the dynamic range found in Nature. I try and capture the most information possible in my RAW file. All of the photographs on this website were shot with Canon EOS Cameras in RAW and post processed in Adobe Camera RAW. Adjustments include: White Balance, Color and Tone, Capture Sharpening and equivalent techniques to darkroom dodging and burning. Any excessive noise or grain from high ISO captures is treated in Adobe Camera RAW with subtle adjustment of the Noise Sliders. Any sensor dust spots are removed in post production - but that is the extent of any digital cloning or manipulation. Post processing is utilised to faithfully reproduce the natural colours and light captured in the field. Never to create something that wasn't there.
WHERE I`VE BEEN ?
"have visited over 35 countries in the World, some of them several times, but there are still a lot of Beautiful Countries, Incredible Natural Areas and Wild Places on my Wishlist that I haven't visited and explored yet but hopefully will do so in the coming future"