Photo series: wetland birds in black and white

Our fascination with wetland birds began while we were working on an exhibition showcasing the beauties of nature on the coast of Charente-Maritime, France.

During this commissioned project, we were pleased to discover the birds that live in reed beds. We photographed aquatic warblers, bluethroats, and many other songbirds that live in wetlands. Our passion for migratory birds and shorebirds was born.

Since then, we have organized several projects in different parts of the world in order to observe, understand and photograph these birds, which depend heavily on the condition of the wetlands in which they live.

Photographing wetland birds is challenging, because we have to take our pictures from floating blinds or from small boats. Sometimes we use blinds set on the banks, but this method is our last resort. We prefer to stay closer to the surface of the water so that we can accurately portray the grace and the habits of these very shy animals. On this trip, we took photos both in black and white and in color. Taking pictures in black and white is artistically challenging, but it allows us to highlight the beauty of these graceful animals. The main difficulty is that the scenery in wetlands is often made up of dense reed beds and damaged trees. In our artistic black-and-white photos, we try to create the most refined, simple scenes possible. We avoid busy environments. We prefer minimalist scenes. For this project, we chose scenes where the animals were alone.

Black and white enables us to emphasize the forms of the birds, the texture of their feathers and the grace with which they fly. We decided not to concentrate on any particular behavior. We will do that in our color photos of wetland birds.

Photos added on August 3rf 2017

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond

Bird feather floating on the surface of a pond.

Photos added on July 2nd 2015

Purple heron in the reed bed

Purple heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Grey heron in the reed bed.

Black-crowned night heron in a tree.

Black-crowned night heron in a tree.

Mute swan snorting on a pond surface.

Mute swan snorting on a pond surface.

Young mute swan snorting on a pond surface.

Young mute swan snorting on a pond surface.

young grebe swimming on the surface of a pond.

young grebe swimming on the surface of a pond.

young grebe swimming on the surface of a pond.

young grebe swimming on the surface of a pond.

Amar and Isabelle Guillen

We are fascinated and passionate about the beauties of nature. We love to see the landscapes and observe wild animals whether on land or underwater. We have chosen to become professional photographers to share the emotions we feel when we observe nature whether it be on land or underwater. Our goal is to create art with our photographs. We always try to transform the banal into a contemplative and artistic interpretation.

We are wildlife professional photographers, landscape professional photographers and underwater professional photographers. We also strive to document nature with a focus on conservation and education.

We make art prints from our artistic photographs. These art prints are available on our website. We make exhibitions to show all the beauties and the incredible richness of nature that surrounds us.

We also love to share our love for the beauties of nature with other photographers. To communicate our know-how and to exchange our techniques and our points of view, we organize wildlife photography workshops, underwater photography workshops and landscape photography workshops. We gather together people who have the same passion as us for the beautiful photographs taken in nature.

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