I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer. This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals
My perfect scenario is to be observing an amazing wildlife encounter in a breath taking landscape, with my camera in hand – but that doesn’t really answer the question!
(Salisbury Plain, South Georgia)
The thing I love about both genres of photography is that a great shot feels earned. Not only do you need to discover these locations, you need to physically get there and have a number of uncontrollable factors work in your favour. I love that I can stand beside other photographers, shoot the same scene and create different interpretations of what we see. I love the opportunity to capture a moment that I can revisit again and again. And I love that this passion takes me to locations that inspire me to sometimes put the camera down and just soak up the incredible destinations I’m lucky enough to visit.
But I haven’t answered the question…because I simply don’t know, I change my mind every day!
What about you? Wildlife or Landscapes?
I recently shared 20 of my most memorable wildlife encounters from recent travels to Antarctica, Arctic, Australia & Africa. Today I’m sharing 20 of my favourite landscape photographs taken in the same locations. Maybe these will help you answer the question:
As a traveller, do you chase landscapes or wildlife?
As a photographer, do you prefer landscapes or wildlife?
Antarctica: the closest you’ll get to another planet without leaving this one, where you are surrounded by a landscape of blue and white hues, sailing across water than looks like glass under a sky that feels bigger than anywhere else in the world.
1. From the Zodiac – Orne Harbour, Antarctica
2. Zodiac Cruising – Danco Island, Antarctica
3. From Land – Orne Harbour, Antarctica
4. Neko Harbour, Antarctica
5. Iceberg Graveyard – Pleneau Bay, Antarctica
The Arctic: the polar north, where ice breaks from glaciers to form icebergs that float along the almost still water, where 24 hour daylight allows you to enjoy a wealth of breath taking views from the ship, from the zodiac and on land.
6. From the Zodiac – Monacobreen in Liefdefjord
7. Abandoned Station – Spitzbergen, Arctic
8. 14th July Glacier, Arctic (Svalbard)
9. Monacobreen in Liefdefjord
10. Home of the Reindeer, Arctic (Svalbard)
South Africa: one of the world’s most thought-provoking countries, with a diverse landscape that is a constant reminder how beautiful the natural world can be, both on the ground and in the sky.
11. First Light – Drakensberg, South Africa
12. Milky Way: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
13. Drakensberg, South Africa
14. Flowing Water – Drakensberg, South Africa
15. Night Sky – Drakensberg, South Africa
Australia: the country I was born in and lived for the first 26 years of my life, now ironically one of my favourite destinations for landscape photography!
16. Sunset at Friendly Beaches – Freycinet, Tasmania
17. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges
18. Victor Harbour – Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia
19. Pieman River – Corinna, Tasmania
20. Henley Jetty at Sunset – Adelaide, South Australia
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