Marina Cano is one of those finest wildlife photographer today, known for her vivid display of wildlife excellence with a great touch of art. As we all know wildlife photography is one of those genre’s of photography where patience is everything, here we bring you an exciting interview with this renowned nature Photographer Marina Cano..
About you and Photography?
At the age of 16, I started shooting wildlife simply because it was readily available to me. I am fortunate in that I have the biggest wildlife park in Europe right on my doorstep. Cabárceno Park is just 20 minutes from my home town of Santander in Cantabria, Spain, and it houses more than 100 different species, all free to roam in huge open spaces. I love shooting there; it is my favorite place outside of Africa to photograph wildlife.
What made you get passionate over Wildlife Photography?
My passion for photography was ignited the first time I picked up a camera. My father was an amateur photographer and his love for it was passed down to me. I love everything about Nature, landscape, animals, everything wild, where you can’t see the human hand.
Can you mention some basic traits for being a Wildlife Photographer?
Be passionate, patience and be in love with the wild.
What makes animals so special for you and can you please mention any special moment with them?
Nature is a gift for me. To be close to wildlife makes me feel instantly in peace. I feel completely relaxed; you don’t need to demonstrate anything. The last moving moment was just observing a couple of lynx, and suddenly a flock of starlings flew above us, breaking the silence scene with their wings sounds.
For Marina how important is mastering field craft or animal behavior? How do you balance the two and avoid making a cliché image?
For me creativity is the key. Learn the basic about animal behavior and technique and develop the creativity.
When on a Safari, do you look for specific species, if so how would you recommend preparing for that?
When you go on safari you can find so many different wildlife, unless you are looking for a specific bird or animal. I try to be ready for expect the unexpected.
What are the Merits or hurdles of being a Female Wildlife Photographer?
Most of the wildlife photographers I know are male. I don’t know why, because there isn’t any difference in the sex behind the camera. Photography is about creativity and creativity doesn’t understand about genre (male or female).
How important is Gear for any Wildlife Photographer?
I understand gear as a tool that allows you to get closer, faster and with better quality.
What makes you Pursue this Thrilling genre of Photography?
I love wildlife because every single day is different, unexpected, you only can wait and be ready for everything.
Your Future goals/assignments and one place in the world you want to go but haven’t got a chance to?
White bears in Alaska, whales in South Africa, although I’ve been there it was not time for whales. I’m about to take pictures of puffins in the Farne Islands next month.
How do you think Photography can change People’s attitude towards few endangered species / Wildlife?
Through the internet, photography has a great diffusion and get to a huge audience. Some images can touch the people heart. I think the more you know the more you love.
For Marina what makes a Best Wildlife Picture?
A picture should impacts you for any reason, the subject, the moment, the light, the action, originality, creativity, or a combination of some of them. That makes a Best Wildlife Picture.
Which photographer has been the greatest influence on you? What set them apart for you?
I have many photographers in my mind right now. But I’m going to speak about Steve Bloom, he was my first reference, the first I started to admire and I still do it. His photography has impact and touches many people hearts and my own one.
Any Secrets/Advice to aspiring Wildlife Photographers?
Try close to your house, at a zoo or the nature around you, and then if you feel a real passion, you are ready to try harder to become a wildlife photographer.
- What is your idea of happiness?
6:00h ready to take pictures in some wild place
- What kind of a Person is Marina?
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Never lose the confidence and try, try and try again
- Where would you like to live?
- What do you most appreciate in your friends?
When they make me have a good time, listen to me and support me
- Your Real life heroes?
- What is Love?
Love is to share
Thanks again for this Great Interview with 121clicks, any final thoughts for our readers?
I run photo workshops and safaris all year round in Spain and in Africa. I am also currently working on a new resource website for enthusiast nature and wildlife photographers, called Fotare; as well as writing a new book and planning an exhibition in London for next year. It certainly keeps me busy! Wildlife truly captivates me and i’ll be happy for as long as I can continue to witness and capture its beauty.
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