Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Miguel Lasa may be a physician by training, but he’s a top wildlife photographer by avocation
Lasa spends much of his “spare time” out in the field (he’s a family physician by profession), often far afield, enjoying wildlife and making terrific photos. Besides birds, he also photographs bears, big cats and other animals—in fact, he recently won the “Creative Visions of Nature” category in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 competition with a gorgeous and unique shot of a rim-lit polar bear. He tracks down exotic birds and beasties in far-flung locales—Finland for ospreys, Alaska for bald eagles and brown bears, Canada for snowy owls and polar bears, India, Tanzania and even his native Spain. But his techniques and tips (see the “Bird-Action Photos” sidebar) can be applied to photographing flying birds anywhere.
Passion, Patience And Research
“You need to really enjoy what you’re doing so you can spend a lot of time out in the field,” Lasa says. “I sometimes have to wait many days, even weeks, for the right moments. If you don’t enjoy being out there, it’s difficult to get the shots.”
A big believer in research, Lasa tries to learn all he can about a species and its behavior and habitat. “Some are easy to photograph, some are not,” he says. “Some are found only in specific locations or are most easily found there. Research will help you find birds and photograph them.”
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