The power of visual storytelling can create both perception and emotion towards a subject. My style of photography involves a combination of photojournalism and fine art. To accomplish this involves both preparation and organization. Before I embark, I do the research and prepare accordingly so that my images reflect what both drew me to do the research, as well as inspired me to capture them in the first place. If my images can draw you in and leave a meaningful impression, I've accomplished my purpose.
When I started photographing, I made it a goal to master the use of a camera by capturing images in all manual mode. No shutter priority or aperture priority, I mean all manual. In only certain situation when I am traversing in areas when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, will I refer to auto ISO, otherwise I also manually control the ISO. The use of all manual mode means that my number of successful captured images may be less, however I really love the feeling of being much involved in the process of creating images. It makes the experience as a photographer that more intimate. I want to feel every moment involved of creating a visual story.
When it comes to wildlife, I only photograph them in the wild, not in captivity and prefer to shoot at close proximity and with a ground level perspective because by doing so, I can create an intimate connection with the precious animal to be perceived as equal to us rather than inferior. I believe we all share this amazing planet and each animal has the same right to thrive in its own rightful home just as we do. Animals have these amazing characteristics we can individually relate to. Thats what I want my visual story to tell.
The equipment that I take on location will naturally vary according to the subject matter, lighting conditions and climate of the environment in which I am photographing.
Equipment ultimately does not make the image, the one behind the lens does, however having the right tools at hand for a specific job make for a better chance of obtaining the image one envisions. With this in mind, I have two favorite cameras. When a subject is fast moving, I look no further than the Nikon D4s. The high frames per second and powerful motor drive make for a combination that can capture any moment and allows for pin sharp imagery even when natural lighting conditions are poor. For everything else, I prefer the high resolution of the Nikon D850, coupled with the battery grip, providing an added burst frame rate. The flexibility of the Nikon D850 allows me to adapt quickly to situations and its high resolution make for spectacular large size printing.
A Nikon D850 and a Nikon D4s with the following lenses: