Of all the subjects that I make pictures of mammals are the most difficult. Most of the time the animals are very shy and that means that good preparations are necessary. Where do I have to go? What is the best time to see the animal? What is the best spot to hide myself? I have to think about all these things and hopefully it will result in at least one good picture. The used equipment is also very important. Long telephoto lenses and the ability to use high shutter speeds make it a lot nicer.
Within Europe it is usually very hard to make good mammal pictures. The animals are hard to find or they are often located in areas that are not accessible. For those reasons a lot of my pictures are made in Africa. This continent is a dream destination for anybody interested in wildlife photography. Off course you will have to search for the animals and the best locations but the abundance and the fact that animals are less anxious make it all a lot easier. Most of the times I’m photographing from a car or a hide and that makes real close encounters very possible.
The best thing about animal photography is that I never know what to expect. At the moment something appears decisions have to be mad instantly or else the moment is gone. That spontaneous and unexpected aspect gives me lots of satisfaction. When that one perfect shot comes out of my camera my day has been worth it.