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Konrad Wothe

Photography helps me to watch more deeply and with more endurance what is out there. It is a fascinating challenge to capture with my camera what I see and feel.

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Konrad Wothe

About

In my parentsí garden I discovered my passion for nature. I took my first pictures when I was 8 years old. Later I built tele-lenses on my own for a simple TTL camera. That was when the real wildlife photography started for me, and my first pictures got published.
When I finished school, I filmed for the famous German wildlife filmmaker Heinz Sielmann, then I studied Biology at the University of Munich, and after my degree I started working as a professional wildlife photographer and filmmaker.
With my photographs and films I want to raise awareness for the beauty of nature and for the importance it has for mankind and for the world.

Website: www.konrad-wothe.de

Interview

Why nature photography?
We all come from nature and are depending on it. Nature is like our mother. Nature is my first passion and the creative work behind the camera is my second passion, why not bringing both together in nature photography? Nature photography is the perfect tool to share my outdoor experiences with other people.

What's best about it?
When Iím out I feel that I am a part of nature and nature means life for me. I can forget about the rest of the world and I feel happy. Photography helps me to watch more deeply and with more endurance whatís out there. It is a fascinating challenge to capture with my camera what I see and feel.

What's worst about it?
Of course there are things that are nasty like mosquitoes, ticks and leeches, but worst is if you missed that photographic chance of a lifetime or you messed it up. The other thing, which is very bad, is that you canít escape the office work and the hassle with the computer.

Favourite species and places in Europe?
My favourite species is always that in front of my camera. I like the calm boreal forests and the pristine lakes of Scandinavia a lot, but also the Alps and the gentle birdlife in a city park in Germany.

What's in the bag?
2 bodies and lenses from 15 to 500 mm with extenders, 2 strobes, polarizer, angle finder, binoculars, solid tripod, monopod, blind, beanbag, and last but not least a good amount of motivation.

Your specialities / skills?
I am a good observer and I learned a lot about animal behaviour. That helps to predict what will be happening in the next moment and to be ready with my finger at the trigger.
Luckily I also have a fast reaction. My specialties are behavioural shots and action.

What will you do in your next life?
If there is one, I will certainly continue where I was stopped.

3 tips for beginners
1) Watch your subjects and find out what could make a good shot, then concentrate on that!
2) Be patient!
3) Try the impossible!

Mission

My mission leads me to Eastern Slovakia to the Imperial Eagles, susliks and virgin forests. I am glad to see a new country and meet nice people. I made a pre-check trip already last year and found a good assistant and colleague, Mr. Stefan Danko who is an expert in Imperial Eagles.
Unfortunately the eagle pair that used to hunt in a small suslik colony is no more there, and all the other eagles used to hunt in open cultivated land mostly for hares. But I am sure I will get some good flight shots. Luckily the susliks are very cooperative and I will have lots of fun with them. And I am sure the forests will be good for some surprises...

Best Picture

Best Picture
Kingfisher, Bavaria, Germany.

What's cool about it?
It shows one of the most beautiful birds we have in Europe in a breathtaking action that lasts only a fraction of a second, and can hardly be seen with your eyes. The shot was taken in daylight in a wonderful natural setting without luring the bird with a submerged fish-aquarium. Thatís why this image transports the character of this little bird in a perfect way.

Could it be better?
Of course it could be a lot better. The little branch in front of the beak is rather annoying, but it was there and such is nature! And if I have had the chance to influence the scene, I would have told the bird to turn his head a little bit more towards the camera.

Behind the Scene
As I saw the kingfisher sitting in a bush above a little natural ice hole at a creek, I thought, this is the chance to get the shot I always dreamed of, but itís almost impossible. So I tried the impossible, and set my camera with wireless transmitter on a tripod, set the focus at random and waited in the distance because I had no blind and no light barrier with me. And he came back, caught 7 little fish in 3 hours, each dive took not more than 1 second. I shot about 70 frames, 50 turned out to be without a bird and of the rest only one was sharp.

Date: 12.01.2009
Location: Upper Bavaria.
Gear: Canon EOS 50 D 500mm at f 5.6 1/2500 sec, 320 ASA, tripod, wireless remote control.

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