Buck Shreck is a full-time professional Wildlife & Nature Photographer. While he has been doing photography for the last 20 years, it has only been in the last 14 years that he has been able to devote his time to it exclusively. The superb photographer has seen and photographed more wild bears, eagles, and other wildlife animals than anyone I know. You can watch his genuine images taken during his travels in Alaska, Hawaii or Montana. Currently he is preparing a memorable trip to Africa. But about this, and much more about Buck Shreck experience, in the interview below.
Tell us something about Buck Shreck I am an Alaskan based Published Wildlife Photographer who travels internationally for all of my wildlife images. I started out as a film photographer in 1985 and switched over to digital in 2003. I still use the lessons that I learned as a film shooter. I have been around wildlife my entire life, I've studied their habits and their behaviors in all seasons and circumstances so it's only natural that my subject of choice is wildlife and nature.
What's your creative process like? When I go out to capture images of an animal, I am looking to capture the animals personal facial expressions "character/personality". I try to "see" the images that I would like to get before I ever get into the field. I find that when I have "seen" an image ahead of time, I instantly recognize it when it's in the viewfinder and I will hit the shutter. Of course I am also looking for those other images that are unusual and unique that I haven't thought of and I haven't seen done by others. I never pass up a moment or an opportunity that is given to me in the field. If you want to have a unique style then you have to be able to recognize unique opportunities.
Where do you find inspiration and why do you like photography? My inspiration for wildlife photography comes first and foremost from wildlife. I have a deep concern for wildlife. I find inspiration through beauty, wildlife, colleagues, the images I see on the internet and the "images" I see while I'm out in the field. Everywhere I look is a potential image. The reason I like photography is because it gives me a chance to not only capture the moment while I am with the animals but also to share that moment and that feeling with everyone who sees my images. If someone can view my images and experience the moment as if they were there themselves, then I have succeeded
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work? First and Foremost: Learn the body language on the animals that you want to photograph. Every animal will "talk" to you through body language, you just have to know how to read it. Second: Don't become a "Machine Gun Kelly" photographer. Learn to see what you are looking at through the viewfinder. "Compose" your image before you click. Third: Develop Patience. The rewards are great, the more patience you learn, the more patience the animal will have around you. Fourth: Know your equipment! Know your equipment! Know your equipment!
If you have something else to add just tell us: I will be spending 3 weeks in August in Africa. It will be a 3,000 mile round trip journey encompassing South Africa, Namibia, Botzwana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. I will be filming at many of the game preserves and national parks. I will be accompanied by another photographer on this trip by the name of Rob Daugherty of Rob's Wildlife Photography. This will be the first time in Africa for both of us. We are looking into giving photographic workshops in Africa in the future.
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