The elusive snow leopard and Nearby paradises

The elusive snow leopard and Nearby paradises

Dec 11, 2021, 7:19:16 AM Life and Styles

The elusive snow leopard

Another cat that many find captivating is the elusive snow leopard. Uge Fuentes confesses: "As for mammals if I had to ask for a dream, I would want to see the Snow Leopard, even if I didn't get to photograph it. "


A privileged person is Oriol Alemany who has photographed it: "I would never tire of photographing the leopard and the snow leopard, to which I have dedicated a good number of days of work"


The day before we had seen those same young people playing at sunset from a great distance. So, during all those hours of cold and immobility, my head only imagined the images that at last, after three years, I could make at dusk without resorting to the teleconverter. Yet the sunset behind the mountains, the temperature plummeted, the light disappeared, and the three leopards continued huddled in the cave without flinching. Although at this point in my career I have already managed to accept what nature wants to give me, having to pick up my equipment and leave at dusk was frustrating for me. What I did not appreciate at the time is that that photograph I had taken of the three immobile snow leopards, huddled together and gazing at me shamelessly from the ledge of a cliff,


Nearby paradises

However, it is not necessary to travel far to enjoy wildlife, proximity can be essential to achieve good results, as Ángel Fitor points out: "I try to work on those subjects that allow me to invest time in them, either by proximity or by accessibility, In my opinion, time and dedication are the raw materials of quality photography. In my experience, visually expressing what I have close to me and know well has given me much better results than chasing chimaeras and stereotypes in distant countries ".


There is also a huge field in insects such as Pedro Javier Pascual, a true specialist, explains: "I have spent several years that an important part of my work has been dedicated to the photography of insects. Since many of my works are related to photography macro and approximation. And the truth is I feel a deep admiration for these beings, if you approach certain insects and observe them carefully, you realize that they have complex structures with a singularity and beauty that makes them unique " .


Another important detail is that the work of the wildlife photographer contributes to documenting species, it is essential for knowledge, biology, but it also helps to raise awareness and disseminate about endangered species or to shed light on environmental problems. In this sense, José B. Ruiz explains: "For me, every living being is a miracle, an evolutionary wonder that deserves all my admiration and respect. And perhaps because of that feeling that many nature photographers share, and fauna, in particular, we have a high risk of ending up becoming collectors of photos of species. That is, we can become obsessed with the idea of ​​photographing each and every one of the different living beings that surround us. However, there are authors who work in collaboration with scientists or on their own projects that contribute to raising awareness, to disseminate, to expose the problems that affect a biological group so that the images are useful ".


Keys to wildlife photography: patience, preparation, anticipation

Hai Dinho explains another essential key to this type of photography is to have a great deal of patience. "It is essential, essential. Nature is unpredictable and tends to be slow, it has its own rhythm" indicates Andoni Canela.


Bird watching, spending hours in a 'hide' or travelling long distances to reach the right location to capture a species are implicit in capturing images of wildlife. But not everything is the moment of the photographic taking before it is necessary to have essential planning and preparation to achieve great results.


Although the time spent may vary depending on what we are looking for, as Alemany indicates: "There are projects that I have developed over twenty years, such as my work on the urban peregrine falcons of the city of Barcelona. And others that I solve a lot less time. For example, a commissioned report for a magazine about a specific region or area, I can solve it in one or two weeks by working intensively in the place. A book I can dedicate one or two years to it. Some jobs abroad have required up to three trips to be considered finished. "Also, sometimes, you have to take risks: "I try very careful planning, looking for outstanding times and planning the session based on the light and weather conditions, for example, the last trip to Africa was to Ethiopia in the rainy season since I was looking for a different environment from that of the majority of photos that circulate on the web or in magazines since with the adverse weather it is much more difficult but at the same time it is more rewarding, " says Pere Soler.

Published by Steven J. Weiss

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