An ongoing photography series by Chris Aran whose photographs have been shot from locations around the world while working in film, TV, and exploring independently. Shooting stills can help to fine tune the craft of storytelling through still images.
Wildlife in photography – Images by Chris Aran
At some point or another, we’ve all seen a print copy of the National Geographic magazine or seen one of their programs on TV. And at some point or another we’ve all been stunned by that amazing photography of animals we love or have never seen before in the wild. Talk about a challenge to capture a moment with someone who has no interest in cooperating with you.
It’s said that the two most challenging things to film or photograph are children and animals. To some degree, most children can be communicated with, or even bribed when really desperate, but to photograph an animal of any kind in the wild, is incredibly challenging. Which makes capturing moments of wildlife not only just about the images themselves, but about the experience of getting them as well.
As a filmmaker, I’m a huge advocate of life experience and exploration of place and of self. Shooting wildlife is one of those experiences that challenges oneself in the realm of patience and also disciplined craft. Discipline, being one of those things I find lacking more and more on sets. Shooting things I have no control over, makes the things I do have control over seem so much easier. And it makes me more efficient.
With photographing underwater life, I’ve found it to be the greatest challenge to recent date due to every element in constant motion. I can control my camera settings but I’m a slave to the oceans temperament and animals behavior. Fish, Sea Lions, Manta Rays, they don’t pose for the camera. They just are, and you have to know where to be, how to be there and wait for the moment to come.
While being the most challenging I’ve encountered so far, I find the images, while not technically always the best, they feel more rewarding. Capturing a moment in time of an animal whose behavior I studied and paths I followed waiting for the right timing, has provided me with not only great images, but an experience that transcends the photograph itself.
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