(Photo: Brandon Harvey Photography)
Given your job often has you shooting in the same places, how do you keep photography interesting?
Every morning, we wake up and we have a plan. But we just don’t know what’s going to come out of the woods or what’s going to walk down a river. Yes, you may be shooting bears hunting salmon and it is similar to the years before, but there is always going to be different light, different weather. There might be fog for ambiance that you didn’t have the year before. If you go in late August and return to that same place three or four weeks later, you’re going to see a very different estuary or landscape than you did the month before. That keeps it fresh.
What advice do you have for new photographers looking to go on the Great Bear Rainforest Expedition Cruise or another Maple Leaf Adventure?
My best advice would be to really understanding how your gear works and what it is capable of before you get on the trip. I would never recommend people go out and drop thousands of dollars on gear because the gear is only as good as the person using it. It’s better to have gear that you’re comfortable and confident with than go and invest a lot of money right before a trip and not really know what you’re getting into. Take the time to practice and understand your camera.
And once they are on an expedition aboard Maple Leaf?
I think it’s great to take photos, but something I really encourage everybody to do — even obsessed photographers — is to stop and put the camera down for a minute and just take it in. Don’t make it all about the end product. You just have to stop and enjoy it for what it is. I think in doing that, you are going to become a better photographer because you are likely going to see things you may have missed with the camera to your eye. People miss a lot of things because they are obsessed with their cameras.
Would you like to join Wildlife Artist Robert Bateman and his wife Birgit Freybe Bateman for a cruise of the Great Bear Rainforest? The Canadian Geographic/Maple Leaf Adventures expedition takes place this June. Visit Maple Leaf Adventures’ website for more details.