1. Why wildlife? (why do you shoot wildlife?)
PV -Probably because growing up in New Zealand there wasn’t much “wildlife” to be seen however since coming to live in Washington State where you can see bald eagles, hawks, falcons, foxes, etc,, on a regular basis well that was a real eye opener for me. The beauty of these creatures is still amazing to me and I will never cease to be anything but in awe of them.
2. What was your first wildlife photograph?
PV - A bald eagle.
3. Your favorite wildlife subject?
PV - It would have to be all types of raptors.
4. Your favorite wildlife location?
PV - That I can’t answer because everywhere you look there is something incredible just waiting to be photographed.
5. Most dangerous shot?
PV - I can’t honestly say that I have been in any danger at any given time unless you call falling over into mud after waiting around in the freezing cold for some snowy owls to actually do something other than sleep.
6. Luckiest photograph you captured?
PV - It was of a bald eagle taking off from a rock and the wing feathers covering its face in a striped pattern but leaving the eye shining thru.
7. Most memorable?
PV - Kits, the innocence of them and the trust they sometimes show by walking up to you and just looking at you – quite takes your breath away.
8. Technique tip
PV - Practice, practice and more practice and never be afraid to try something new.
9. Equipment tip
PV - Make sure you have your camera with you at all times – you never know when “the” shot will happen.
When I was living in New Zealand I had a Panasonic Lumix that I would take with me when going on hikes in the countryside. My photos mainly consisted of flowers and plants that were growing on the hillsides. However, since moving to the northwest and seeing a bald eagle for the first I just had to go out and photograph them which was no easy task after only stationary objects. Gradually with the assistance and splendid advice from some good folk I slowly learnt a bit more and with the help of my wonderful cameras (Canon 7D Mk II and Canon 5D Mk III) I am now able to get some reasonable photographs.
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