I love nature photography. Strange as it may seem to some I actually enjoy getting up ludicrously early, strapping my camera equipment to my back, and braving the cold. Most people would call me crazy for willingly getting up at 4am but I love the tranquillity and perspective it often provides, especially within a busy city like London.
It may surprise you to hear that the image above was shot in London. I was fortunate enough to grow up next to Richmond Park, which is home to 630 Red and Fallow deer.
When I began to take photography seriously Richmond Park is where I chose to learn my craft. After all, the deer may occasionally be hard to find but they rarely tell you to put the camera down and stop annoying them. Since then I have grown as a photographer and moved toward portrait work.
Looking through some of my old photos I stumbled across the title image of this article. I love this photo. It was an amazing moment and the image means so much to me on many levels. That being said. It’s out of focus and was about 2 stops under exposed. It looks great small but print it at any decent size and the flaws become very apparent. In my defence I was inexperienced and shooting with very old equipment, a lens made in 1958 if I remember correctly.
This winter I’m giving myself the mission to get that shot again, and this time to do it right. There are many elements that must be on my side for this to work. Most important of which, the deer being in the right place on the right day.
This series will track my progress and provide you with some general nature photography tips, as well as how to avoid getting on the wrong end of an angry stag.
Wish me luck!