iLHP is always trying to bring you new content. We’ve decided to welcome to the team a fantastic pro landscape/wildlife photographer who travels around the world. Nicolas Orillard is a very successful pro-photographer who will share his experience as a pro-photographer and talk about his fantastic travels around the world.
“Photography is for me the possibility to switch off the rest of the world, to come to peace. The time spend hiking, waiting for the light to come, watching the nature around me is my opportunity to get better. It is somehow a therapy.”
iLHP: Hi Nicolas, we’re very pleased to have you here at iLHP. You’re a pro photographer who travels a lot, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Nicolas: Hi, I am a 32 year old french Nature Photographer based in the south west region of France. The majority of my pictures are taken around the world ( Norway, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Peru….) with recently more landscapes than wildlife.
iLHP: Let’s discover a little bit more about yourself through this interview before reading your articles. How long have you been into photography and what made you come to that activity?
Nicolas: Photography is for me the possibility to switch off the rest of the world, to come to peace. The time spent hiking, waiting for the light to come, watching the nature around me is my opportunity to get better. It is somehow a therapy.
I can create or show people what I have the chance to see and explore. it is my artistic way to think people can see through my eyes.
Nicolas: I did completely learn by myself. English photography magazines were my best and first choice as at the time I was doing a world trip.
Which one would I keep? Well surprisingly I would choose my Canon 85mm f/1,2. I shoot portraits as well and this is a precious piece of gear.
Nicolas: Many articles in french magazines, recently the front cover of Science World in the US with one of « my » puffins.
This year I have almost 15 exhibitions around France, in small villages as well as big events.
I won a special prize from the jury in the French contest of Montier en Der and one of my Icelandic landscapes was part of the Top 101 Pictures of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014.
Nicolas: You can follow me on Facebook on my page NOD Photography (www.facebook.com/pages/NOD-Photography/214582341947495) or 500px (https://500px.com/nodphotography).
and on my website www.nod-photography.com
Nicolas: I would like to photograph more people, not only portraits but reportage, humanist photography.
Nicolas: Mostly long time before being on the field, I need to prepare the shooting session because half of the time I have never been to the place or the country in question.
Google earth is a good help, but also photograph researches on the web give me an idea of what I can expect for some places.
Being prepared is also about gear and never forget my filters, my batteries, my camera…. ( don’t laugh, I know photographers who did ! )
Nicolas: I am still working on my series Gaia, showing the earth’s best side. Next year I will travel to New zealand again to discover some new places. Another project is about to come, but it will need a bit of time…
This would be awesome to work with film medium format camera for the landscapes, I am really thinking about it…
Nicolas: Being patient is for me the best quality you can have for landscapes and wildlife photography.
Nicolas: I love this tiny moment when you shoot and you know this one will make a great picture ( well to your eyes at least 😀 )
I hate people going around fairs and events with their 500mm around the neck, to show who has the biggest…
iLHP: HA HA I cannot agree more with you! Thank you very much Nicolas for this interview and we can’t wait to read your first articles!