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BBC Award Winning Wildlife Photographer Michel D’Oultremont

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.

Michel D'oultremont interview

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.

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Underneath: Michel Hiking in fantastic landscapes to find the most amazing species.

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Q&A with Photographer Cyril Verron “The Magician”

Cyril Verron is one of those photographers who create magic out of their cameras sensors. His ability to make masterwork is amazing. He is a full-time pro with great projects to come for nature lovers. I had the chance to meet him and had to share this with you all. The rest is here for you to read. Enjoy!

iLHP: Hi Cyril, I’m very pleased and honored to meet you in person to ask you a few questions. As a full time professional photographer, can you tell us a bit more about yourself like when and why did you start photography (and your specialty)?

Cyril: Hi Christian, it’s a pleasure for me too to answer your questions. I’m a French Photographer born in 1981 in Brittany (France) and now live in Dordogne (France) which is a beautiful region for nature lovers and photographers. I started photography in 2010 doing mostly portraits and landscapes with my first DSLR Canon 5D MarkII. This became a passion in my everyday life and later some friends of mine advised me to turn professional because my shots seemed interesting and maybe salable. So I told myself “why not give it a try?”. I wanted to start this activity with a freelance status and then I turned full time pro in 2012.

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Cyril in action in his favorite environment: Nature! (Photo credit: Nicole Barge)

iLHP: Oh I see, did you learn by yourself or through photography schools?

Cyril: I learnt photography myself and with the help of forums and friends who are also photographers. I never attended photography schools. But you know, when you have a strong passion you can learn and accomplish great things. Now it’s funny because teaching photography is part of my job! (laughs)

“Disturbing Element”

iLHP: I love asking this question to the photographers I meet because I always get very different answers, so what does photography mean to you?

Cyril: That’s an excellent question. Photography, is for me one of the best ways to catch and transcript an emotion through my eyes and it is also a fabulous way of testifying a moment, a place, a scene, a look, an expression or a state of mind. Through a picture, I think we can learn a lot about the subject and the photographer. It’s a true mean of expression. Continue reading Q&A with Photographer Cyril Verron “The Magician”

My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 2: Creativity and Philosophy)

As you’ve probably read the first part of “My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer” I will jump right away to the second part of this fabulous experience. If you have not read the first part, you can read it here. After reading this part, I also recommend going back to the first part to see the image samples again with their captions so that you can understand better the explanations.

“Once Upon a Time” |75mm; f/5.6; 1/4000 sec; 800 ISO | High-key picture. I used the white wall behind to have this high-key image.

The Creative Art Philosophy

I see eye to eye with Thomas’ photography philosophy, I mean, even before meeting him I’ve always loved and found the artistic
photographs appealing. It has just consolidated my vision. The purpose is not to take naturalistic pictures where you can identify the species, see how the insect’s eyes are made or it’s little hair. The purpose is more about artistic and fine art photographs. In order to reach this goal, the first thing is not to take big close-ups but on the contrary the environment where the subject evolves must have a bigger impact. Having the subject quite small in the photographs is not a problem, it’s actually the contrary.

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My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 1: The Discovery)

Do you remember Thomas DelahayeI interviewed him this past September and even spent two mornings with him shooting what he does best, butterflies. I wanted to understand how he could take those wonderful and very artistic pictures.  Here I’m about to tell you my journey with a pro photographer.

The Meeting Spot

Thomas set the “rendez-vous” very early, he said “If we want the best possible light and quiet butterflies, we have to arrive at my spot at dawn”. I was ready to go, “Sure! Whatever we need to do, I want to discover how you work”.

“Once Upon a Time” |90mm; f/2.8; 1/4000 sec; 100 ISO | It’s not the sun, nor the moon, but a flashlight. I set my camera on the spot metering mode. You sometimes have to find tricks to be creative. Check out my article about how to shoot silhouettes.

The spot is located nearby the castle of Fontainebleau, about 40 miles (70km) away from Paris, France. As we were supposed to meet Continue reading My Journey with a Wildlife and Macro Photographer – (Part 1: The Discovery)