“Nature photography can by no means be planned, because all wild animals have their own will and that is exactly what makes nature photography so difficult. Wildlife photography is a “learning-by-doing process”, as you need empathy, knowledge of species, patience and sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect picture, ” says the wildlife photographer, Julian Rad, for Earthwonders.
Animals are so at peace when they’re seen on their own habitat. Humans don’t see a lot of their behaviors and their way of living when they get to be deep in the forest, feeling safe away from the human world. But luckily there are a lot of wildlife photographers who make it their life mission to document this behavior of animals and let people see their life through pictures.
It takes a lot of skill, patience ad time to get the perfect shot that explains exactly what happens in that part of the world when humans are not around, but with determination everything is possible. One of these guys that helps us understand the animal world better is Julian Rad, a a 29-year-old Austrian award-winning wildlife photographer who captures the most adorable shots of squirrels, rabbits, wood mice, hamsters and other small animals without making them feel threatened by his presence.
Earthwonders reached out to Julian to ask him more about his work, and most importantly why he puts his focus on these small critters.
“Rodents have always fascinated me, because they are smart, they learn quickly and can solve problems that seem quite complex. Red squirrels are one of my absolute favorite animals, already as a child I was fascinated by this unique animal, but also hamsters and mice have their own characters, critters are in general very artistic and have sympathetic characters, what makes it so enjoyable to photograph them.”
Focusing more on the small critters, he brings an adorable side of them, especially the squirrels which we don’t get to see much as they are constantly on the move climbing a tree, or digging a hidden walnut somewhere.
Julian has started with wildlife photography in 2011 and since 2016 he has been working as a professional wildlife photographer.
” It took a while to get into understand all the camera settings and also especially how step inside the world of the wild animals as a photographer,” said the photographer for Earthwonders, “For me wildlife-photography frees my mind from the daily rush, stress and worries, I can get away from the everyday hectic and it allows me finding peace for my body and soul. It offers a close contact with nature and gives me enough time to enjoy and photograph beautiful unique nature sceneries. Many people think that taking images with expensive camera bodies and lenses will automatically make you a great photographer. But that’s not true; the only function of your camera is to capture a moment and to capture the image you have in your mind. It’s not the camera which takes good images, it’s the photographer. Your camera is just a tool that will help you realizing your ideas.”
And that’s exactly the truth. To capture these tiny creatures that are always on the move, is quite a challenging thing to do, requiring a high amount of patience and time.
“I have spent countless hours sitting in my photo-hide to photograph many different wild animal species and one thing that I’ve learned over the years is: Be patient and do not chase the animals, let them come to you. That is exactly why nature photography is so challenging, you need empathy knowledge of species, endurance and a pinch of luck. Wild animals aren’t easy to catch, so for me nature photography is also a mental training, you have to be very patient, because after a photo session it can probably happen that you go home with no single photo you are satisfied with,” adds Julian.