ARTisSpectrum Vol. 31, May 2014 - page 29

ARTisSpectrum | Volume 31 |
Irwin in Kenya
I must be nearly invisible and
remain patient, certainly quiet, as
I wait for the exact opportunity to
take the shot.
My on-location studio is necessary to capture the image that I am looking for. The image must distinguish itself from the
typical vacation shot. I search for an image that reflects the “personality” of my subject. This may require showing the
animal in its natural environment or engaged in a family interaction. Sometimes a close up is best as it reveals the natural
features that are often missed in real life due to all the movement and surrounding distractions.
After 10 hours or more in the field each day, I clean all the dusty lenses and organize equipment for the next day. Even
charging batteries can be a challenge as electricity is often scarce, being supplied only by temporary generators.
But with all the challenges that it presents and all the hard work that it requires, at the end of the safari, I feel rewarded.
Capturing and sharing great images of the wild is my ultimate goal and fascination.
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