With the evolution of digital photography and the many processing possibilities available today, new fields of creativity are constantly opening up. At the same time, however, this diversity bears the danger of falling victim to a ‘creative pressure to perform’. It is too easy to submit to a norm established by standard filter functions and to deprive oneself of the possibility of developing one’s own style.

Hunting surrounded by nature makes it possible to detach oneself from such distracting software impulses and to focus on the essential: hunting photography. That’s how I discovered the Leica Q for myself. With its feel and menu navigation, full-format sensor and fixed 28mm lens, it is skillfully reduced to the essentials.

When you combine such powerful and simple equipment with a mind freed of likes and comments, the unbridled, individual creativity unfolds. The result is a new, more profound view of the unique moments of hunting. Pursued and practised over a period of time, a style gradually develops based solely on the creative talent of the photographer.

This content, along with a technical workshop in our first course at the Leica Academy for visual hunters, met with great interest. In 2020, it is to become an integral part of our programs for hunting photographers at the Leica Academy and form the basis for a long-term, loyal and organically growing community.

Demonstration
Picture: Alexander Michael Nelson

PICTURE: The fire of a woodlog torch blazes an atmospheric light at the edge of the hunting kill square. Drifting ash particles distract from the hustle and bustle of the hunters in the background. The post-processing from color to monochrome highlights new details. Time seems to stand still. This way I leave the viewer a composition that brings the moment closer to him.

Post by: Alexander Michael Nelson

2 Comments

  1. This is a great idea, much like getting great shots of people is dependent on them not knowing they are being photographed, the same goes with photographers…the best pictures can be taken when not distracted by the technology.

    • Avatar Alexander Nelson

      Yes you are absolutely right Michael. I can also say from experience, that the better you know each other, the better the photo will be. Trust creates the necessary ignorance towards the camera, leading to the lack of distraction, as you say so nicely.

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