It is unlikely that anyone has such a unique, rich and beautiful collection of wildlife photography as Ondrej PROSICKY. Ondrej Prosicky is this week’s top contributor. While his adventures took him far and wide, he always returns with treasures that enrich the library. Many years of practice have been a stunning body of work.
Ondrej turned a hobby into a full-time job by combining his early interest in wildlife photography and perseverance. Stories like this should inspire and motivate the next generation of photographers.
Tell us about your career and yourself.
Nature has always been a part of my life. As a boy, my first memories are of nature. I became interested in animals as a geologist. After refusing to work for a living in photography for over ten years, it became increasingly difficult. After I was married, I had no time for photography, and it was something I missed. I was hooked, and it became an addiction I have had to overcome. Today, I am a wildlife photographer and try to make a living from my photography work. I like to focus on the subjects and topics I am passionate about.
How did your photography career start, and how do you sell images on stock sites?
As a freelancer, I had to learn at least one skill that would guarantee me a steady income while I traveled and shot wildlife. I found the perfect solution to sell stock photos using older depictive photos that I took at the beginning of my journey. My current photography of animals is not as simple as depictive photos. I like photos with a setting and an interesting moment that can’t be easily sold due to poor technical quality.
What equipment are you using for wildlife photography?
Canon EOS 1DX Mark II has been my favorite Canon camera for over 10 years. It comes with a Canon lens EF 400mm, f/2.8L IS II USM. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, or Canon wide-angle lens EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM if a telephoto lens does not suffice. I use Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED As IF UMC. I also like Gitzo tripods.
How can you achieve bold colors? Do you spend a lot on post-production?
I try to find the best conditions for post-production. I don’t shoot in high contrast or bright sunlight. I only photograph shortly after dawn and close to sunset. If it is completely overcast, I do not photograph the entire day. The next step is quite simple. The truth is that I balance the white color according to my intent and adjust the contrast in “Curves” sensitively, in my very sophisticated way, until the image has the correct color intensity. Although it is quite old, I have been doing this for over 10 years.
Where are you going to take your photos?
While I love to travel wherever I can photograph animals in their natural environment, there are two main areas of interest that I return to regularly. These are the tropical areas of Middle America and the Arctic, including Scandinavia. They are both very different worlds. After three years, I will be returning to Spitsbergen next week. In May, I will fly to Finland.