Intro by Chamira Young
While wildlife and outdoor photography is often considered exhilarating, it's certainly not for the faint of heart! From potentially harsh outdoor conditions to animals that can be dangerous, every wildlife photographer has special considerations to make when planning their next outdoor artistic excursion. It's for that very reason we wanted to highlight Canadian photographer Antal Kozma today. He has mastered the art of nature photography and serves as an inspiration for others.
Ever since boyhood, Antal has always had a love of the great outdoors. He combines his passion for nature with his passion for photography into an adventurous past time that is making his retirement anything but boring! Residing in southwestern Ontario and serving as an advocate for nature conservation, he loves using Tamron's SP 150-600mm VC G2 ultra-telephoto zoom lens when out shooting. It's extremely versatile and allows him to keep a safe distance without disturbing the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Read the post excerpt below and check out his great images!
By Jenn Gidman
Images by Antal Kozma
Antal Kozma was first drawn to creating pictures as a young teen, when his photographer uncle would let him hang out in the darkroom. “By the time I was 16 or 17, I was a full-fledged photographer myself,” he says. “As a teen boy, I appreciated the mathematical side of photography, as well as the artistic aspect.”
He was also influenced by Mark Twain and was fascinated by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer’s adventures outdoors. “My father was an avid fisherman,” he says. “I grew up along a river and swam like a fish. I’ve always been connected with Mother Nature.”
Today, Antal merges that love of photography with the great outdoors via his nature and wildlife photography, enjoying his retirement years exploring the parks and preserves near his home in southwestern Ontario and serving as an advocate for nature conservation. “Fortunately for me, two of the best birding hot spots in Canada are within a short driving distance, including Point Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park,” he says. “People come from all over: Delaware, Southern California, the UK, you name it. Beginning next month, which is the start of birding season, I’ll be out three or four times a week taking pictures in these places. I also enjoy traveling to British Columbia to photograph other wildlife like cougars and grizzly bears.”
Having the Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2 ultra-telephoto zoom lens on his camera offers Antal the versatility to photograph everything from a close-up of native flora to a bird or bear in the distance, all safely and without interrupting the animal’s routine. “I shoot a lot in marshes and bogs, where a duck will suddenly show up in the bulrush,” he says. “I like having the flexibility to zoom in and out without having to change lenses to capture anything that pops up out of the blue. The 150-600mm’s autofocus is so fast, and the Vibration Compensation feature is awesome, since I can’t have a tripod in the marsh—I need extra help getting rid of camera shake. I can’t believe the handheld shutter speeds I’m able to achieve with the VC.”
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