After almost 10 years of photographing with DSLR gear, I switched to Olympus MFT format two and a half years ago. The main reason was the weight reduction, important for my way of exploring nature and wildlife. One of my main interests is landscape photography. In this field, I always try to take photos that are telling a story without human traces or impact to show the pure beauty of nature as it should be in certain areas around the globe, providing a place for animals and plant life to remain diverse.
Recently I had the opportunity to take a trip to one of the last large remote and extreme diverse wild areas of this planet, the Okawango Delta in Botswana, with the support of Wilderness Safaris and their vision of offering ecotourism to protect the environment and contribute to the local communities through education and work.
When you can see wildlife, like the “big five” and an extreme diverse birdlife around you, we tend to grab the telephoto lens for shooting in these rare opportunities. Me not this time! I wanted to focus on wide-angle landscape photos to capture the almost untouched environment. For this, I am using the excellent sharp and sealed M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO lens with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II as a perfect combo.
In such areas, mobility and robustness is key, and therefore, I had different possibilities to capture certain angles by car, foot, plane, hot air balloon and boat. It is important to ignore the technical details, function or size in this situation. You need to be fast and focused just on the ephemeral light, the elusive moments, the scene and how to capture them, so you can capture a story or an emotional impression.
For instance, the backlit moments, when the buffalos pass the river with splashing and sparkling reflections, the reflected shoreline on the calm water showing perfect symmetry, the sun touching the horizon and immersing the land with its beautiful color, the skull that lies untouched in the wide plane to show that life and death are always close together, or the elephant that is swinging its trunk to show me its power to protect its baby. All these moments and much more are the reason why I love nature and photography and why I am a passionate nature photographer with Olympus gear in my bag.