Mon Aug 20, 2018, 6:00 AM
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Hello and welcome to an interview series that will introduce you to the artists of Animals, Plants and Nature Photography - with a touch of Macro-Nature - here, at AnimalsPlantsNature! We are excited to be bringing you an interview with a well-known photographer, to get a closer look at her photography and the thoughts behind the amazing photos she shares with the DeviantArt community: plumita1
Enjoy the interview!
Enjoy the interview!
Before we get started, please take a moment to introduce yourself and talk a bit about how you got introduced to the world of photography.
In modification of a song written by John Miles I can affirm that photography was my first love and it will be my last. I took my first photos when I was about nine years old, using a very simple click and done camera, without any thematic focus. Soon I upgraded my poor tool and started focusing on plants and animals.
Your gallery is filled with colorful shots of all kinds of nature subjects. If you had to name a favorite, which would it be and why?
My name says it all, Plumita is the spanish word for little feather. I adore birds, they are my absolute number one.
What kind of photography has proven to be the most challenging to you?
Photographing animals I never use flashes, so for me it is the available light photography.
Where and how do you find your photography subjects; do you already know what you want to photograph and how, or is it more a matter of what you see in the moment?
Indoors and outdoors, mostly immersed in the wild. Sometimes the desired picture already exists in my mind, or I rely on surprises taking advantage of opportunities.
In the photo above, it looks like the duckling is riding along on the back of mother duck. Can you tell us a little about the story behind this photo?
This picture is a real rarity, because unlike swans or grebes, for example, mallards don't like to have the ducklings sitting on their back. In this case, one of the babies, ignoring the rules, decided to give it a try, three times (!), slipping off after five seconds, because of mother duck's shaking moves.
Life in nature to animals is often about survival; the photo above shows us a duck family who've just suffered the loss of two babies. It is a shot that evokes emotion, but a different photographer would have chosen a sensational action shot that depicts the buzzard attack. What made you decide to go for this choice?
This is exactly my goal - trying to "evoke emotion". I'm not interested in reflecting the cruel facets of nature.
Do you have a favorite season during which you prefer to go out and photograph?
Oh, yes, I prefer spring as it's exploding with new life.
You have photographed both domesticated animals and wild animals; what would you say are the most significant differences between photographing animals that are used to people, and those unfamiliar with people?
Generally, domesticated animals aren't afraid of the photographer, they don't run away or fly away and you can train them to do things or to pose. They are "available", you don't need to spend hours waiting and hoping to find them. If the photo sesssion does not bring the results you want you can try it again next day. Things like good luck, patience and coincidence become more important when it comes to photographing wild animals.
Could you tell us about one of your most memorable moments while photographing wild animals?
It was horrifying. I was photographing fledglings of blue tits and suddenly appeared a jay grabbing one of them. I'll never forget those cries. I felt so helpless.
Can you talk us through your standard pack when you go out to photograph in nature?
Canon EOS 7D, tripod and various lenses.
In closing, do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?
Patience, patience, patience and never give up!
Now for a feature of plumita1's work!
Wonderful feature! Plumata is one of my favorite photographers!