Ok…for those of you who have asked…yes, it was fabulous to meet Dr Jane Goodall. She is extraordinary. I met her at Fauna Foundation which is a remarkable chimpanzee sanctuary that I do some work for and where I volunteer as a photographer. Jane came to visit the 12 outstanding chimpanzees that live at Fauna, most of whom have been resuced from labs or entertainment. It is a blessing to work for the chimps…and to have them squirt water on me, which highly amuses them.
It is not everyday you get to meet and photograph a hero. Yesterday I did. Jane visited Fauna and I was there photographing her and Gloria Grow, Fauna’s fabulous founder, also a hero. It was such an honour.
I also presented Jane with an art box I designed filled with Originals! Art Cards from Fauna and from Africa. That was a little unnerving…
Salut Nancie, Hope all is well with you! There is no question that I love your photography blog..I Wish to ask you how did you start and Merde! how did you accomplish this? (250.000 and more ). I understand this a broad question, please bare with me, I'm Franglais in speaking and writing...I live in the country and the internet is extremely slowwwwww, cannot wait for your respond. Have a good one. Caro
Merci beaucoup Caro! I will try to answer en Franglais, la…our special and unique language, eh? I started almost 4 years ago-I wanted something creative to work on and a place to start sharing photos as I had only just started my wildlife photography. Tabernoushe! 4 ans-c’est longue!
A wise tumblr told me a long, long time ago to not watch my follower numbers and just have fun. She was right. But I had lots of help getting to where I am now…
For a very long time I only had a small number of followers, mais pour mois, ma rai·son d’être was to show my work and have fun. That was more important than collecting followers. Slowly, I met some fabulous people with great blogs who would reblog my work-too many to name but I am very grateful to animalblog, animalworld, magicalnature, quickwitter and llbwwb for the support they gave me early on. I have been posting a photo almost everyday-over 2600 posts. Merde-that is a lot of photos to produce. :-)Today there are sooooo many kind people I have come to know and respect and who have pushed me along- prickleylegs, M, Suz, Kari, Anthony, Laura, Amadee, Catherine, Andreas, Mike, Brenna…so many more.
I also introduced myself to experts and asked them questions about some of the creatures I was shooting. More fabulous folks like rhamphotheca, fariy-wren and Buggirl always helped me out. The fabulous Tumblr editors featured my work on the radar a few times, which was great exposure and when the EXPLORE page was launched I was asked to be one of the first animal tag editors, which was a great way to meet more tumblrs.
I also spent a great deal of time looking at other people’s work and commenting. To build your own community you need to take part. Sadly, with the seriousness of my arm injuries these past months, I can’t spend as much time on the dash (or taking photos for that matter) So to all you folks who may think I stopped liking your work-not so. I have just had to seriously limit myself. I am very sorry about that.
En tous ca la la…there has been no “magic.” I am very grateful for the support-it is hard to post photos that you don’t feel are your very best, but I do that here now. I feel safe to show my mistakes. Or to make fun of my photos.
Alors, c’est ca qui est ca Caro. :-) A long answer for your short question.
Again-thanks everyone. I love that people enjoy and ask about my work. I am very lucky to do what I do.
As of today, there are now more than a quarter of a million of you following my njwight.tumblr. I confess, I am a little bit giddy about that. Thanks for your continued interest and for taking the time to look at my work. Your enthusiasm, comments and questions certainly help keep me motivated. Carry on!
What's your favorite setting to take photos in? (Like, do you prefer forest, desert, tundra, etc.)
hmmm…interesting question. Well, my favorite setting is whatever setting large mammals are in! :-) Shooting on water can be very challenging for me-reflections, filters etc, but I do love it. Tundra?? No thanks. Ok…maybe for polar bears. I do like the African woodlands and Savanna. Also, the sand forests in KwaZulu-Natal S.A. were quote special. I am not crazy about the rainforest-shooting under a dense canopy is very difficult and the humidity is tough. But the birds are magical! Thanks! NJ
Hey your pictures are really nice! I'm doing photography as a hobby next to my biology study. Wildlife is indeed a lot of fun to photograph. Though I have a canon t2i with the kit lens, I really want to get more and better lenses (macro, fisheye, telezoom), and a professional dslr. For a student like me most of these are way too expensive. How did you get the money to go for a big upgrade? or do you have any tips to gather the necessary funds? Thanks! -Poko
Hi there. Thanks. I worked and saved to get the money for my equipment. Not sure I have any other tips…Look at buying used lenses from reputable sources-lenses hold their value far more than camera bodies.
Just remember, the best camera is the one you have with you… Worry about your technique, your artistic vision and what you are trying to say with your work. These will take you much further than a new camera and lens. Good luck!