Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Nature Of Wildlife
Stefano Unterthiner gets incredibly close to the action to create his unique wildlife photographs
"Throughout my work, I hope to be able to become a kind of 'ambassador' for wildlife," he explains. "I try to produce strong images, to show the beauty and fragility of a particular species and their environment. I always try to produce a good story to show the public my wild 'friends.' I hope to give a voice to the wildlife. Throughout ARKive, I'm able to let my images be used for conservation and educational purposes. It's much better than keeping my images on the hard drive just for my clients and myself. Share with others, and then let's talk about the power of nature photography!"
After 10 years of working professionally and a lifetime of experiencing nature firsthand, Unterthiner has no problem with the extensive time spent in the field, noting that he actually prefers to be in nature. He prefers to pack light, "but my backpack is always too heavy anyways," he says. "Usually, I have only one big tele lens—a 600mm if I have to work from a blind or more frequently the 200-400mm zoom—then a 70-200mm and a couple of wide-angle zooms. I usually travel only with two bodies, but sometimes I have three cameras with me when I'm working in a particularly remote area. Finally, one tripod, a couple of flashes and all my accessories, which includes a few ND filters, spare batteries and a few other things."
"This is what I love most," Unterthiner explains simply, "and I do not need to be patient. I feel good when I'm in the wild. To me, photography is just a reason to be outside."
To see more of Stefano Unterthiner's work, go to www.stefanounterthiner.com.
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