If you could choose one subject to photograph for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 13 Comments

Wildlife photography is amazing and the diversity of subjects means that you will always have photo opportunities.

What if you didn’t and you had to choose.   What if you had to choose just one?

My question to you is this…

If you could choose only one wildlife subject to photograph for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Yip, just one species.

Would you go for the obvious?

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Or what about something a little different but still interesting?

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Perhaps a species you have never even seen before?

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This discussion came up in the Chobe photo safari a few weeks ago and I am yet to make a choice.

To me, leopard’s seem almost too obvious although you cannot deny their enigmatic beauty.

Perhaps another species that is more visible and whose social structures consist of more interaction?

What about a species you have never even seen before?  Surely that could get the photographic juices flowing?

Nothing would change and wherever you head to photograph you would still see all the various species that make up that ecosystem but you would only be allowed to photograph your one species.

So, I ask again…

If you could choose only one wildlife subject to photograph for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Martin

    This is difficult question.
    One of the reasons is that i am to far away from Africa.
    I should probably named one of the big predators.
    But these animals are here not in the wild.
    Therefore i choose the brown bear.
    I never saw them in the wild but i hope it will happened soon.

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  2. Phil

    I think a subject who would constantly pose a challenge. I am lucky to work in a place where we see a lot of wild dogs. And whilst trying to photograph a pack of 22 playing the other day, i thought this is a real challenge there was always too much going on in the frame! So would for me be a social animal, with lots of opportunities to photograph interactions.

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      Buffalo would be an interesting one Carol and I am sure that as if you just sit and soak in the atmosphere- like we spoke about in Tuli – you will end up with some incredible images! Gorillas area also high up on my list! 🙂

  3. Karl Lindsay

    I don’t think I could choose one.. but social activities would have to be a requirement like you say. In Africa, it would have to be the wild dogs or gorillas. Other than Africa, though, I think I’d love to photography the bears. The grizzlies and polar bears would be amazing! But maybe I’m saying all these because I’m yet to see any of them myself…

  4. Stuart jamieson

    I would choose the Polar Bear, such a majestic creature. I was fortunate to go to Churchill Canada in November and shoot them.

  5. Natalya

    I always loved leopards and wanted to see and photograph them but after 3 trips to Africa I still didn’t. After seing and reading a lot, I found that they are too popular and, you are right, obvious. I’m in love with caracal and aadvark, though have’n seen them before I’m dreaming to take pictures of them. And also I could chose an african sand cat, golden cat or black footed cat because they are so rare.

    1. Andrew Beck

      Hi Natalya

      3 trips with no leopard!? That is disappointing but I have no doubt that it will make that first sighting all the more memorable!

      I also haven’t had that much luck with these shy and illusive creatures but am looking forward to spending some time focussing on photographing them when i lead the Timbavati Photo Safari in June this year. The Timbavati is a great place for viewing and photographing leopards.

  6. Susan E. Maurer

    If I only have one to choose I choose The American Bison. Living in Oklahoma and having a huge herd living free only two hours away I have
    many opportunities to photograph them. Most of the western states( Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Kansas) are all within a one to three day drive and have herds. I will never become board with my subject because I can go photograph them in many beautiful places and all in my own backyard.

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