Photo Series in Color on Big Mammals of the World
Big mammals are fascinating and interesting animals to photograph. On one hand they are beautiful. We love their very harmonious aesthetic forms. On the other hand, the behaviors they show are interesting to observe.
Passion for Big Mammals Starting with Deer
Our passion for big mammals began with the red deer species in Europe. It is the most widespread species in France. It is by exploring the forests of the Charente-Maritime that we began to observe and photograph them.
Our passion for these great land mammals continued in the United States where we live part of the year. We had the opportunity to observe and photograph white tail deer, wapiti and mule deer, also called black-tailed deer.
Deer appeared on earth thirty-eight million years ago. In comparison, humans appeared only two million years ago. Today, deer are spread all over the world. These ruminant grazers, who carry antlers, are not only interesting because of their history, but also because they are wonderful subjects to photograph.
We appreciate the elegance of a deer’s movement. We love their natural grace when they amble silently through forests. We also appreciate the muscular power during their frequent fights during the rutting season.
Deer are interesting to photograph throughout all seasons. At the time of the slab, where the animals are most spectacular, the antlers are dry. A thick gray-brown coat appears in the fall to protect animals from the harshness of winter.
During the spring, the coat becomes brown-red. The antlers that fell at the end of winter begin to grow back in summer.
Deer are always different. Each season highlights them in a different way. That is why we are interested in this species.
The choice of color to photograph deer allows us to highlight their natural elegance as well as their grace.
In our wildlife photographs, lights and decorations are as important as the animals themselves. We try to find the best balance between the three elements. If one of them is missing, we do not keep the photograph even if the behavior is interesting.
Showing the fragile balance between animals and humans
Our approach to wildlife photography is global. Our goal is to show the fragile balance between animals and humans.
The color allows not only to channel the animal’s character, but to also show the beauty of the habitat in which they live. In our wildlife photography approach, we are more interested in environmental wildlife photography than in a naturalistic approach. This environmental approach is shown in both of the following themes: "Lights and colors" and "Shades of Blacks and Whites".
In our approach titled, “Lights and Colors”, we are used to saying that we behave like seekers of lights and colors. We always try to glean these little magical moments, for example, during the blue hour, or the famous quarter-hour magic. It is at these times that the glowing tones blaze the earth and the sky, providing the fortunate viewer with an impression of joining the creation of the world. The term gleaning is not overused.
We must constantly look for the right framing and good compositions to sublimate nature. We must take what nature offers us. As photographers, we are only guests, and we must await the goodwill of Mother Nature. Sometimes, nothing happens, and we have to come back some other time. However, there are other times where the shows are amazing and each second is completely unpredictable.
We prefer to take pictures at dawn and dusk, because at those times, the light enhances every element of the scene. The colors are more vivid, the contrast is stronger, and the details are clearer. We can capture every detail of a bird’s plumage or an animal’s fur. We can also create beautiful patterns of light around the elements in our pictures. The goal of our photo project, about the deer of the world, is to create fine art photo collections with the theme « Lights and colors ».