Alaskan wildlife // © 2014 Christopher Batin
As a professional wildlife photographer, Didier Lindsey has been photographing Alaska wildlife for 27 years, and he has plenty of tips for anyone planning an Alaska wildlife photo safari.
“A polarizing filter is important — especially when shooting around white, snow-capped mountains and water reflections — in order to bring out nature’s colors and to make animals stand out in a landscape setting,” he said. “And don’t forget the tripod.”
Lindsey knows that Alaska presents unusual challenges for photo buffs.
“Alaska has its share of bad weather, so visitors should pack raingear for themselves and their cameras,” he said. “Lowe makes good camera bags to handle gear while hiking or on a boat.”
He also says that photographers need to respect the animals they are shooting.
“Avoid running up to animals to get the shot,” Lindsey said. “If you’re in a bus or car, stay there. Most animals are used to having vehicles around, but not people. Stay in the vehicle, and animals will come closer. People think they must get close to get good shots. Wildlife will either run or come after you if they see you in their territory. Take your time and use binoculars to see animals before they see you, so you can prepare. Patience is the key to the best photos.”
Lindsey also says visitors sometimes get too excited and miss the best moments.
“Absorb the scene before executing your photographic plan. Get the initial reaction shot, but remember that the best shot is often the third or fourth shot taken at different angles.”
Custom prints of Lindsey’s photos are available on his website.