There’s no other way to put it: we are absolutely in love with Ross Couper‘s wildlife photography. When he sold a collection of seven images earlier this month, featuring his sale was an easy decision. See below for the rest of the winning batch of photos, along with a quick Q&A with Ross on just how he captures these brilliant beasts in action. These photos were all found by buyers using our reverse image search tool, which means having images in our Global Marketplace was key.
Thanks for your time, Ross!
1. Give us a little background – how did you start your photography career?
The start of my photography career happened by fault of my wife not knowing what to get me for Christmas. She had left her Christmas shopping until the last minute and I believe the day before the stores closed for Christmas, she found herself wondering in a camera store and bought me a Canon Rebel XT. I think it was a subconscious purchase – being an artist by trade, my commissioned pieces were based on at times unrealistic time frames and I found that I was getting quite frustrated by this and I never thought that I could transition my art background to be behind a camera lens. I think she saw the frustration and didn’t second guess the purchase.
2. Describe the location/situation for this set of photos.
These images were taken around the area of Kruger National Park in South Africa, which is the largest game reserve in Africa with high density of wild animals. The start of my work career had me working as a field guide in a smaller game reserve, so I always had passion for the bush. Incorporating my love for the wild and art, I was able to combine these passions into a career today.
3. What inspired these shots?
I am extremely lucky to have an extensive background in art and I am a bit of an intuitive photographer more than a practical photographer and with the combination of being a field guide with extensive knowledge of the subject matter, I do believe that I set out to do this unconsciously. I have been able to use my artistic intuition by capturing subjects in unique poses at the best of times. Understanding wildlife subjects behavior and being able to manage your camera skills at the time required is vital to getting the shot.
4. Was there an ‘aha’ moment when you knew you had gotten ‘the shot’?
When you capture a moment when the subject is looking directly at the camera, without any obstruction and the light is just right – that is the ‘aha moment’ that you wait for. Sometimes the waiting is five minutes and sometimes the waiting is two hours but luckily my office is the bush – so I don’t mind the wait.
5. How do you continue to take advantage of the ImageBrief platform? Any advice for newcomers?
ImageBrief is a great platforms for photographers to have their portfolio listed. It takes the guess work out of where your photographers should and can go and the SEO abilities on your photos carry it much further then when you do it by yourself. Photographers downfall is not just light but time. Not just to get the photo and to post edit it, but to get the image out there to the world, ImageBrief takes care of that and with their ImageRights protecting your photos, it really is as simple as downloading the photo and having them do the rest. The briefs are fantastic too as often when a brief is posted, as a photographer you may by set in your style but by reviewing a brief, you are able to take on the brief project and go outside your photography comfort zone and in doing this unleash new potential for your photography portfolio.
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