Name : Alexander Voda
Product of the 1975 generation
Living in Ptuj, Slovenia
( Born in Innsbruck, Austria )
Nature & Wildlife Photographer since 2014
Member of Canon Professional Services and
Association of Slovenian Nature Photographers
How would i describe myself as a Wildlife Photographer ? I am passionate about Wildlife because it gives us so much more than we can ever give back to it. To hear the songs of our diverse Songbirds; to go outside and photograph the Wildlife on a cool, crisp autumn morning; to hear an Owl hooting in the morning twilight; to see how the Kingfisher catches Fish; to see the soaring majestic White-tailed Eagle; to see the Alpine Ibex climbing the Rocks; to see Hoopoe feeding her offspring in the nest; to see the Brown Bear in the pristine nature and to feel the freshness of our forests, fields, ponds, and rivers is what keeps me vibrant and alive. Nature will always be there for us if we take care of it. We are the stewards of our renewable natural resources. Wildlife will renew itself so long as we learn to manage its habitats and its populations and balance their needs with our needs.
Nature Photography, for me is a getaway from everyday noise, the possibility to spend time with yourself surrounded by the beauty of nature. With my camera, I'm trying capture the natural world in the way i see and feel it. Nature is full of small miracles. My favourite work process is to start with a dream of a picture, then i start with my research, exploring the certain animal in its habitat and when it all comes together ending by a picture that satisfied my dream, the work is successfully done. A lot of my research goes into how these animals live, move, hunt. How territorial are they? Are they social or solitary? What are my chances of finding one? How much effort i must i put in, to getting to the area they're likely to be found? What are my chances of seeing one and if I do find one, will I be able to get into a position where I can make a picture? Taking pictures of wild animals is so challenging , that it fulfils 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 and i let the image show 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 all around us and the importance of conservation and the need to preserve our natural heritage.
My photographs have been published in several magazines around the world: Wildlife Photographic 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, National Geographic Society, Association of Slovenian Nature Photographers, International Federation of Wildlife Photographers and European Wilderness Society. I have visited over 37 countries in the World, some of them several times, but there are still a lot of Beautiful Countries, Incredible Natural and Wild Places on my Wishlist that I haven't visited and explored yet but hopefully will do so in the coming future !
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.
What's always in my Backpack ? Camera Body, Telephoto Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, Tripod, Binoculars, Memory Cards, Spare Battery, Cleaning Kit, Rain Cover, Pocket Knife, Multi Tool, Head Torch, Handheld GPS Unit, First Aid Kit and some Food and Drinks. 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 sometimes i use a Teleconverter on the 300mm. I also use a lot of Camouflage Clothing and other Camo Gear, Hide Tent, Floating Hide, Trail Cameras, Mountaineering Gear and Clothing, High Alpine Equipment, Drone and more ! Click on picture to explore...