CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring: An interview with Susan Young

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Susan Young – Author of CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring

Susan Young is a writer and photographer with a background in physics and engineering. She is the author of the fantastic CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring published earlier this year. This great handbook provides lots of practical information on the use of CCTV for survey and research.

Your book on CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring, published earlier this year, is packed full of practical information for the researcher or amateur naturalist interested in using CCTV to monitor wildlife. Could you explain a little bit about your professional background and how you came to write this book?

I have had a very varied career and have always tended to look for new ways to do things. After graduating, I worked using applied physics in the manufacture of aero engines, and later, after a Masters in Engineering Management, worked in a large electronics company. For the last 15 years I have been a writer and (mainly) wildlife photographer, and found my experience of great value with the more technical aspects of photography.

After using various photographic systems for recording wildlife, I came to believe that CCTV had many applications for both the amateur and professional naturalist. As I have always enjoyed doing something different, I spent the last few years researching CCTV systems for use with wildlife.

I wanted to test CCTV in more formal environments and thus I volunteered for Natural England and the Wildlife Trust. With Natural England I have been researching the use of an underwater system for studying fish in rural rivers, and have also developed a system for monitoring rock pool life. With the Woodland Trust I have developed a portable CCTV system for bat monitoring, which is being used for a research project at the moment, and which can greatly reduce the need for night emergence surveys.

With this research I became convinced that there were many applications where CCTV could be of great benefit, but that the lack of clear, relevant technical information was a barrier to wider use. The more I discovered about CCTV, the greater my enthusiasm for the subject, and the greater the number of applications that became apparent. For this reason I decided to write CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring with the aim of encouraging wider use of what I believe is a valuable tool.

Do you feel that there is a need to bridge the knowledge gap between manufacturers/engineers and the individuals using field equipment? As an extension of this, do you feel that it would improve the quality of research or survey data if people had a better understanding of the functions and limitations of their kit?

In meeting both professional and amateur naturalists, I have often heard it said that manufacturers/engineers do not understand their problems. Without that understanding, they are unable to advise on the areas of use. In addition, the biological sciences are not generally taught with an emphasis on technology, which can leave graduates unfamiliar with technical language. Companies such as NHBS and, hopefully, books like mine, can help to bridge what is a very large gap in communication.

I feel very strongly that there could be great steps forward in research and survey methods if people were more aware of the possibilities of their equipment, together with an understanding of the limitations. For the keen naturalist, there is also a great number of applications for filming for pleasure.

We have found trail cameras to be extremely popular both with amateur naturalists and researchers. How do you feel these compare with CCTV systems and in what types of situations would you recommend each of them?

This is a difficult question to answer briefly!

I have used trail cameras for many years and without doubt they are of great value for indicating the presence of wildlife, especially in remote areas, but their short filming time makes them less practical for monitoring. CCTV is much more flexible and responsive, and has the capability of giving higher quality images, especially at night. CCTV can be used with underwater cameras, and with cameras that fit into small spaces such as bird or mammal boxes.

One of the main advantages of a CCTV system is that it can be set up to record at certain times as well as being triggered by motion or event. The wide range of CCTV cameras means that variable focus lenses can be used, allowing one to zoom in to the subject, noise reduction can produce clean images and features such as ‘smart IR’ prevent over exposure of nearby objects, a problem with night images with trail cameras.

If mains power is available, the advantages of CCTV become more apparent. Recent technology means that HD cameras can be used, giving high quality HD videos, and images can be viewed live on a monitor. If the internet is also available, images can be viewed remotely by smartphone, tablet or PC.

HD analogue video (AHD or, more recently, HD-TVI) is an amazing step forward in CCTV, giving videos of great quality at a reasonable cost and without the complexity of more traditional HD methods which require some knowledge of computer networks.

You have a vast amount of experience in the field using CCTV and must have collected huge amounts of footage from this. How does it make you feel when you are reviewing your videos and come across something amazing? Do you have a single favourite video or image?

There is nothing to beat the excitement of coming across a video of something unexpected. The otter swimming underwater was caught by accident while filming fish and is very short, but still very exciting, and something I never really expected to get, although I was always hoping. I try to plan a CCTV session to reduce the number of ‘empty’ videos and to make sure that I review small numbers without letting them build up over days. That way, the excitement is always there.

Finally – if you could set up a CCTV system anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

I would choose the UK. UK wildlife is very elusive and offers a great challenge. I am an ‘otterholic’ and would love to set up cameras on the Shetland islands. I have photographed otters with a DSLR, but there is nothing to beat the excitement of filming otters in action.

CCTV for Wildlife Monitoring is available from NHBS.

 

How to choose a nest box camera

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Installing a camera into a bird box is a great way to keep an eye on the nesting birds in your garden. Image by Simone Webber.

Deciding which nest box camera to choose involves a complicated tiptoe through competing technologies and equipment. Before you start watching birds you have to decide what sort of system is best for you and, crucially, how much money to spend.

The first question you need to consider is whether to choose a wired or wireless system.

Wired systems have a cable running from the nest box back to your house or classroom, which carries both power and the television signal. This results in excellent image quality but may not be ideal if you have children or pets in your garden, or if a cable running to your bird box will interfere with the gardening. You will also need to feed the cable into your house, either by drilling a hole in the wall or by feeding it through an open window.

Wireless systems do not require a cable to run between the bird box and the television but instead transmit images to a small receiver situated inside the house. However, a power supply will still be required for the camera (i.e. from a shed or outbuilding) and the signal can be compromised by other wireless devices in the area or by trees and other structures between the nest box and the house.

Next you will need to consider whether you require a complete kit or just the camera.

Nest Box Camera Starter Kit

If you are new to this particular aspect of watching and listening to birds, a complete kit, such as the Nest Box Camera Starter Kit is a good and economical choice. This starter kit includes a bird box with a camera mounted in the roof, which provides colour footage during the day and black ­and ­white at night. A 30 ­metre cable plugs into your television and supplies the camera with power. Another option is the Gardenature Nest Box Camera System, which includes a bespoke red cedar nest box made to RSPB and BTO guidelines. A small sliding drawer at the top of the box houses the Sony CCD camera, which adjusts automatically depending on light levels. A 30 ­metre cable connects the camera to your television.

Nest Box Camera with Night Vision

For the handyman or woman who wants to put a system together themselves, either in a bespoke or existing nest box, the Nest Box Camera with Night Vision is a good choice. The tiny camera will focus from a few centimetres to roughly 30 metres, with high definition for excellent daytime and night ­time images. The camera comes with a 30 ­metre cable and extension cables are available to purchase separately. The Wireless Nest Box Camera Kit is a great option if you want to fit a wireless camera to your own bird box.

What about watching on your computer?

All of the cameras and kits that we sell come with either a cable or wireless receiver that will connect directly to your television. If you want to view or save your footage onto your computer then an additional USB capture device is required. These are available both for Windows and Mac operating systems and come with all the software you require to get started.

 

New range of Bushnell trail cameras now available

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Bushnell Trail Cameras are rapidly becoming the cameras of choice for researchers, conservationists and amateur naturalists around the world. Their ability to let you monitor a survey site or capture the action in your garden when you’re not around makes them a great tool for anyone interested in wildlife and animal behaviour. This spring sees the release of a new range of Bushnell cameras with a model available to suit every application and budget.

The Trophy Cam line now includes the entry level Essential HD as well as the Aggressor HD which has higher resolution, a faster trigger speed and a choice of no glow or low glow LEDs. The brand new Trophy Cam Wireless (coming soon) completes the range and allows you to send images directly to your phone, tablet or computer.

The popular NatureView camera is now available in two models: The affordable HD Essential and the HD Live View (both coming soon). The HD Live View comes with two additional close focus lenses for great close-up images of wildlife.

The new Surveillance Cam is equally suitable for monitoring a survey site near your home or for security purposes. It utilises a WiFi capable SD card (included) to transmit images or videos to a nearby phone or computer up to a distance of 24m.

All Bushnell cameras are available as a starter bundle which contains batteries and an SD card; everything you need to get started capturing great images and videos. Other accessories include security cases and cable locks to keep your camera safe in the field, a tree bracket for easy positioning and a solar panel, which will extend the battery life.

 

How to choose the trail camera that’s right for you

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This video of a dipper was taken with a Bushnell Trophy Cam and is a great example of what can be captured with an entry level camera.

Trail camera technology is developing all the time and the range of products on the market constantly expanding. While this is exciting, it can also be incredibly confusing, especially when you’re trying to choose which model is best suited to your needs.

Here are six things you should consider when trying to choose the trail camera that’s right for you:

1. Type of LEDs

The infrared LEDs on a trail camera provide the illumination needed to take pictures at night. Generally speaking, these come in two types: standard or low glow. Standard LEDs have a shorter wavelength which means that they will emit a small amount of visible light when activated. This will be seen as a small red flash. Low glow LEDs, having a longer wavelength, do not produce this tell-tale red glow so have obvious benefits for wildlife photography. Low glow types, however, will have a shorter range than standard LEDs. All models in the Ltl Acorn range come with a choice of standard or low-glow illumination.

2. Trigger speed

Trigger speed is the time taken for an image or video to be recorded after the infrared motion sensor has been triggered. If your subject is fast moving then a quicker trigger speed will help to ensure you capture great images. Fastest trigger speeds are currently around 0.2 seconds (e.g. the Reconyx HyperFire).

3. Picture and video resolution

As with any type of camera, image and video resolution are important, and the image quality you require will depend on what you will be using your footage for, along with your budget. Most trail cameras will give you the option to alter the resolution using compression or interpolation methods. This can be useful if you are deploying your camera for long periods, when memory card capacity may become an issue. It also means, however, that you should check the resolution of the camera image sensor as the advertised megapixel value often relates to the interpolated resolution (* see note below for a definition of interpolation).

4. Does it have a viewing screen?

Having an image preview screen in your trail camera is beneficial in two ways: Firstly, it allows you to quickly check the images that you have recorded without having to remove the SD card or plug it into a laptop. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it lets you take a few test images. By walking (or running) in front of the camera and checking the image captured, you can be assured that your camera angle and position is exactly right. The Bushnell NatureView HD Max and Minox DTC 1000 both have a good sized viewing screen.

5. Camera settings

All trail cameras will give you some control over the capture settings. Most will allow you to change the number of images taken per trigger as well as the length of video recorded. It is usually possible, as well, to specify the delay between photos and/or trigger events. Time lapse options allow you to take photographs at regular intervals between hours of your choice, and some cameras, such as those in the Bushnell range, can be set with two separate time lapse windows. This is useful if you are interested in both dusk and dawn activities.

6. Wireless functionality

Cameras with wireless functionality will send images directly to your mobile phone or email account. This offers huge time saving benefits, as well as reducing the amount of disturbance at your survey site. Several cameras now have wireless capabilities, and some will even allow you to alter your camera settings remotely. An activated SIM card is required to use these features. The Spypoint Mini-Live camera is just one example of a camera that will let you access your photos remotely.

 * Interpolation is where the software inside the camera produces a larger image by adding pixels. These extra pixels are created by application of an algorithm which uses adjacent pixels to create the most likely colour. 
 

How to photograph a grass snake with a Bushnell X-8 trail camera

This summer, NHBS customer Professor Graham Martin tested the functionality of his Bushnell X-8 trail camera, a great entry-level trail camera for anyone interested in capturing footage of their local wildlife. Trail cameras aren’t just for night snaps – they work night and day using either the trigger function (1 sec for the Bushnell X-8), where the movement of the animal activates the camera’s trigger, or with a time lapse function, where it takes photos at a defined interval (from 1 – 60 minutes).

Bushnell X-8 Trail CameraGraham has a very warm compost heap which is where these two photos were taken, and he had spotted the grass snake basking – it was too quick for the trigger (0.7 seconds), but he managed to snap it using the time lapse.

The Bushnell X-8 can take video or still images, has a 36 LED 15m night vision flash, day/night autosensor and a temperature recorder, plus many more great features – the only thing missing is that it doesn’t record sound, so you can only make silent movies. If you want to hear what sort of noises your subjects make as they pass, audio record functionality exists on other cameras in the Bushnell range, like the Bushnell NatureView.

We were particularly impressed with these photos, they really show the diversity of wild animals you can photograph with an entry-level trail camera.

Blackbird - taken by Professor Graham Martin with a Bushnell X-8 trail camera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NHBS at Birdfair 2012: our biggest Birdfair yet

This year we are gearing up for our biggest Birdfair yet!

NHBS has a bigger and better stand this year featuring a new workshop area with a full schedule of events all weekend. Come along to find out more about ultrasound bat detecting, pond-dipping, wildlife photography and more. And join us in the main Birdfair Event Marquee daily for a big screen live moth-trapping event with Phil Sterling and Richard Lewington on Friday, and a ‘Virtual Pond Dip’ with Nick Baker on Saturday and Sunday. As always we look forward to meeting you there, out of the office and in person!

Here’s the full ‘NHBS at Birdfair 2012’ line-up – click to enlarge:

NHBS events programme fro Birdfair 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Birdfair 2012: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August, Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT

Nick Baker reviews the Stealth Gear One Man Chair Hide for NHBS

“I think this hide is great value for money.”


“If, like me, you’ve spent time trying to conceal yourself from your wildlife subjects, then doubtless you will have found yourself wrestling with scrim, and swearing and cursing as it gets caught on tripods, zippers and Velcro. The other extreme – and until now the only solution – would be to buy a ‘blind’ – a wildlife hide with many of the complexities associated with putting up a tent – a puzzle of poles and guy ropes. As well as often confounding the wildlife watcher/photographer, the whole set-up was both expensive and heavy.

I’ve been aware of these Stealth Gear hides for a year or so now and judging by the high demand, they seem to have caught on – and for good reasons.

It’s a robust camping chair design with a fan of hoops that unfurl from behind and over the seat. This in turn drags with it the polyester fabric of the hide itself. There is a little mesh pocket on one of the arms for your beer, which also can function as a lens holder – pity it doesn’t have two of them! The whole caboodle comes in a Camo-Tree design (photo-realistic leaves and bark, and woodland scenes) which in my experience works, pretty much anywhere, to break up the outline of the unit – and, almost as importantly, hides the contraption and the watcher from the unwanted attentions of his own species!

I found it best to sit in the chair with my gear in front of me and simply flip the hide over my head. Once inside it can be a little fiddly, and your personal organisation is tested a little, but so it is in any blind. If you have big elbows, lots of gear, a mate or intend to be waiting a long while, consider the two-seat option, otherwise you might find it a little too cosy for comfort. But the one-man works very well for me.

There are five apertures through which you can peer or shove a telephoto lens, all of which can be opened or closed easily with Velcro attachments, either opening them fully or leaving a printed mesh panel in place which enables the hide user to see out, while nothing can see in. The five windows are adequate enough, but you can’t see behind – which would on occasion be useful. That said, it would be a bit challenging to turn around even if there were a rear-facing window, especially with a hide full of gear. If full, all-round vision is what you require then this is available in the two-seat version.

The hide comes with a bag of ground pegs, also in a Camo-Tree design. Come on guys, you put the bag down in the long grass because you are in a rush to set up, and of course the wind starts to blow and where are your pegs to secure the thing to the ground as it fills up like a balloon and its skirts start to ruffle uncontrollably in the breeze? In a camouflage bag! Which is where? Somewhere in the long grass, doing its best to be not to be seen… I’ve attached a piece of orange baler twine now I’ve recovered it, so hopefully this won’t happen again.

Slight niggles: stitching holes let through pinpricks of daylight, and water does come spattering through in a torrential downpour. Leaving the hide is difficult – keeping your set-up and not totally blowing your cover requires agility and contortional abilities that are beyond most naturalists over 40! But having said that, all these problems can be applied to all but the most expensive hides and blinds I’ve used, so on balance I think this hide is great value for money.

(Note: if you have children and are fed up with the gaudy primary coloured plastic wendy house that jars with your aesthetic sensibilities then there is a hidden bonus to this hide – 4 year olds love them! And being made of camouflage material, you can sit it in the corner near the shrubbery and barely notice it’s there. It kept my daughter occupied for hours!)”

Book of the Week: Gorillas

Continuing our weekly selection of the very best titles available through NHBS:

Gorillas: Living on the Edge

by Andy Rouse

What?

Another brilliant photo-story, introducing the critically endangered mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes of East Africa.Plant-Animal Communication jacket image

Why?

A follow-up to his incredibly successful previous project, Tigers: A Celebration of Life, Gorillas: Living on the Edge is full of vivid portraits of episodes in the gorillas’ daily lives. Rouse demonstrates his superb “knack for capturing this great ape doing interesting things”, picking up an extraordinary range of facial expressions and intimate and entertaining moments. As 25% of the profits of Tigers went to tiger conservation projects, so 25% of the profits of Gorillas will go to conservation projects in Rwanda, supporting their continued protection of this characterful ape in its last stronghold.

Who?

Andy Rouse is an inspirational wildlife photographer who is well-known the world over. He is famed for his ability to capture moments from the lives of animals and birds in the wild, getting “up close and personal” with some of the most fascinating and often potentially dangerous animals.

Andy has starred in his own TV series and made numerous TV appearances, has been a pioneering user of digital technology in his work, and he has consistently won awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. He has also been runner up in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and had several winners in the Nature’s Best competition.

Read more on Andy Rouse’s website

Available Now from NHBS

Introducing Anima Mundi – Adventures in Wildlife Photography

ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography is a FREE quarterly wildlife and nature travel and photography online magazine.

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ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography is available as a FREE fully interactive 100+ page, widescreen pdf and is published over the internet four times a year in January, April, July and October.

ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography is published in cooperation with X-RAY MAGAZINE, the largest and best-ranked dive periodical of its kind in the world.

Each issue of ANIMA MUNDI features extensive, 50-page long, fully illustrated articles about prime wildlife photography locations worldwide, with field-tested, user-friendly information about trip destinations, local facilities, guides and specialized tour operators.

You will also find in-depth features about all sorts of fascinating wildlife – both terrestrial and marine – plus interactive videos and links, wildlife photographers personal galleries, book reviews, field equipment and techniques tips and a lot more.

Anima Mundi is on Facebook

NHBS have worked with Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, the creators of Anima Mundi, for the last few years as distribution agents for their publishing company, Nautilus Publishing. These three great books have been long-term best-sellers, and are available now from NHBS:

A Diver’s Guide to Reef Life
A Diver’s Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography

Here Andrea talks about the Anima Mundi project, and his passion for wildlife photography:

What inspired you to create Anima Mundi?

Nature and wildlife have always been a great love of mine. Together with my wife Antonella I’ve written a dozen or more coffee-table books and guidebooks about topside and marine life – we have focused on underwater photography during the past 20 years – but gathering material for such endeavours and working on them during our twice-a-year holidays abroad and weekends at home was becoming quite a chore as we both had an office job. So after 30 years we finally quit our jobs and decided to devote ourselves fully to what we love best. ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography allows me to be my own boss, to make my own creative choices and to follow my own path. Besides, it’s free for everybody to download and enjoy and it will stay so in the future, so we don’t have to worry about compromises – we can make our own choices and freely offer our own field-tested opinion. I’m having the time of my life! We’re not aiming to compete with any other magazine in the line as we’re freely following our own creativity – however I felt a hands-on magazine about wildlife photography and travelling could actually fill a void, as most others are glossy and expensive but also rather devoid of practical, independent advice for those interested in following our footsteps. In this respect ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography isn’t only eye candy for the armchair traveller but also offers sensible, practical information regarding local conditions, travel agencies and facilities to the wildlife and nature photographer.

Tell us about your background in wildlife photography and natural history

We started about 30 years ago – we were very young and inexperienced then of course, but we soon realized that to put together a fully exhaustive feature about a National Park, or even a single species, a lot of time was needed – weeks, if not months – and being both with a company job we couldn’t afford such long holidays. It was heartbreaking seeing our hard-earned tiger photos flatly refused by an editor simply because there were no images of them mating, rearing their cubs or taking down their prey.  So we turned our attention to scuba diving and underwater photography, where there was less competition (and also more fun for us!). If one is focused and disciplined enough, the coral reef environment offers fantastic photo opportunities even for the brief duration of a two-week trip, and we were soon able to visit some amazing locations and bring home some very good shots. We built up quite a reputation – I was the first ever to photograph properly both an Oceanic Whitetip and an Oceanic Thresher shark in the wild, and we were awarded the coveted World Grand Prize for the Best Book About the Sea in 2004 at the Antibes International Festival of the Underwater Image with our coffee-table volume Oceani Segreti.

We also did a Reef Life and a Sharks guide, and then of course we published our best-sellers, A Diver’s Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife, A Diver’s Guide to Reef Life and a Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography. To be honest I’ve lost count of the books we’ve done or the translations they received – but now I’ve finally been unable to resist the call of digital publishing! Make no mistake, I consider myself a glorified amateur – I’ve never attended a formal course in photography or biology, but I take what I do very seriously, and I’m proud to say our writings and images are considered quite valuable by some very serious biologists and taxonomists. Some were even used to name new species. It’s all about passion, and being happy with what one is doing!

What are some of your favourite places to visit?

We find beauty and interest everywhere. For scuba diving, the Red Sea 30 years ago used to be marvelous, and then we moved to Borneo first and Raja Ampat in West Papua later. These I would say are the underwater destinations we love most. Borneo and Raja Ampat in particular are at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the epicenter of marine biodiversity – it’s pretty amazing what one sees there, but it’s also heartbreaking seeing the damage which is being done to the marine environment. During the past 30 years we’ve seen marine life plummet everywhere. That – and the onslaught of age! – has convinced us to go back to topside photography. South East Asia, India and Sri Lanka, Central and Southern America, Eastern and South Africa and even poor battered old Europe can offer some fantastic encounters, but of course one must know where to look and with whom to go.With the end of the civil war now Sri Lanka can be safely visited again at last, North-Eastern Poland was a fantastic surprise for us and now Costa Rica and Ecuador are beckoning, not to mention Africa, of course. There’s a whole world out there, and to those who know how to look it’s still full of beauty and surprises. ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography was created for exactly that – to freely share beauty and information with those who care, at no cost at all. Sustainable ecotourism – such as that for wildlife photography – can really help locally, and I’m firmly convinced the free global sharing of information would solve a lot of the world’s problems. Then again, I have always been a lover of science fiction and fantasy…

What advice do you have for keen wildlife photographers who are interested in breaking into the professional market?

Well, I don’t really feel I am in the best of positions to offer advice – as I have never considered myself a true full-time professional. Anyway, I am firmly convinced that the first and most important thing to do is to learn about one’s subjects, being thoroughly conversant with their life habits, their behaviour, their habitat and so on.  So my advice is read and read, and learn as much as you can – know your subjects, become your subjects, this will double the chances of a good  shot and will also double the enjoyment. I’m also a keen proponent of strictly disciplined behaviour in the field – silent stalking, perfect camouflage, absolutely no manipulation or staging and so on. It’s like playing at cowboys and indians again, but it does work! But seriously – if you know what you are doing and you are disciplined and motivated enough – you’ll be able to publish something sooner or later, if that is what you really consider important. Of course you also have to be a good photographer, and that is half practice and half sheer instinct, a natural quality. But reading and learning constantly helps a lot in getting better!

And who/what have been your greatest inspirations, in terms of photographers, or books you have read?

Oh, my idols – when I was young I desperately wanted to learn diving and explore the oceans after the late Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his incredibly influential television documentary series, The Man and the Sea…the man started it all, all my underwater work I owe to him. I can still hear the title music ringing in my years – after 40 years! Later on I also found inspiration in the works by David Doubilet, Doug Perrine and Howard Hall, among others. In topside photography I have always greatly admired the work of Frans Lanting, Steve Bloom, David Hemmings and Nick Brandt – but they’re in an alltogether different league, pure artistic genius at work! I also like a lot of Andy Rouse‘s recent work – but there’s so many incredibly good nature and wildlife photographers out there nowadays, the digital age has opened so many doors – just think of ANIMA MUNDI – Adventures in Wildlife Photography, it’s a channel open to anybody which would have been simply unthinkable until a few years ago.

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Related titles:

Great Barrier Reef by David Doubilet
Successful Underwater Photography by Brian Skerry and Howard Hall
Life: A Journey Through Time by Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom
Spirit of the Wild by Steve Bloom
A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt
Tigers: A Celebration of Life by Andy Rouse

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