You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!
First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):
Michel is a precocious talent. At 22 years old only he already won 2 of the most prestigious wildlife photography prizes and is about to release his first book “A l’Affut” (“On The Lookout”) and yet still a student at a school of photography. iLHP is particularly honored to have him answer our questions and he has been kind enough to let us discover even more his world as a wildlife photographer.
iLHP: Hi Michel, I am very pleased and honored to be able to interview you for our online magazine. Indeed, as some might not know already, you just won at the end of 2014, two of the most prestigious wildlife photography prizes! (the Rising Star Award of the BBC Wildlife of London and the Fritz Polking Nachwuchspreis from the GDT of Lunen for photographers under 23). So I am very glad to showcase your photographs here! To start with, can you just tell us a little bit about you?
Michel: Hi, well thanks for inviting me in this magazine. What can I say ? I was born in 1992, in a very small village in the country side of Belgium drowned in a beautiful intact nature. I was very lucky to grow up among animals and little by little I became passionate about them.
Why will macro-photography save you while you are stuck at home (especially during this season)? Because even if it’s freezing, pouring or stormy out there, you can always have fun with your camera at home. Of course, you could go out by stormy weather and that can give you great photographs, but if you don’t feel like it, just grab your macro equipment and have fun!
I always keep at home things like dandelion seeds, feathers, flowers that I find in my garden, in public gardens or in the forest. You can bring out the photogenic aspects of these little things with good lighting and backgrounds. I had written an article before on “How to Get Artful droplets on Flower Petals” which was also completely made at home.
Lately, I have been asked often”what should I be doing with my photography?” and “what is really important about photography?”
To answer to that question I’d like to share a small tale of my own convoluted path of my photography career through the years, and my attempt to find meaning in what I was doing.
I’ve been a professional architectural photographer for over 20 years, and did fine art B/W work prior to that for a few years. I see so many photographers that have nice equipment, have a good eye for photography, and yet have no direction or focus to their work. I thought I would take a few minutes and share a bit of my experience with some of you.
Thomas Delahaye is not the kind of photographer who does macro and wild-life photography in a naturalistic way. He has an amazing eye to see the perspectives and catch the subject with his artistic vision, even if he has to place himself in original position to create his photographs. 😉
iLHP:Hi Thomas, I’m really glad to finally ask you some questions to know you more and know more about your art. You’re kind of a mentor for me considering macro and wild-life photography. What you do is amazing. I’ve got the chance to follow you twice during a photo shoot session at dawn in the forest and see a little bit how you work. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thomas: Alright, first, thanks a lot for the compliments! I’m 32 years old, I’ve been giving guitar tutoring for about 8 years now in Paris but I want to dedicate more time on photography from now on. I’m very passionate about nature in general especially mountain environments!