moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 05:57

When monkeys fly

Daily sightings of Proboscis monkeys are all but guaranteed on my Borneo orangutan holidays and you never watch them for long without witnessing their leaps of faith from tree to tree - hurtling through the air in spectaular fashion. Below is a selection of flying photos (click on any thumbnail to view them larger) More proboscis monkey photos are also here.

Proboscis monkeys are just one of the numerous animals featured in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. Click here for Amazon reviews ... or here for more info and a few sample pages to flick through


Sunday, 13 October 2013 09:40

The money shot

There's no doubt that's it's harder to make money from photography these days. The numbers of high quality images with all the stock agencies soars while the price obtained for selling images falls ... not a great combo for people trying to make a living from selling photos ! But the 'right' image still sells over and over again. I thought I'd share below one of my all time best selling images to illustrate the point and hopefully inspire that all things are still possible. I shot the image as a portrait (as opposed to landscape) as these sell more frequently and the lady in the image is 'model released' (ie I can sell this image for commercail use as well as for editorial content in newspapers and magazines). It's been used for numerous magazine front covers around the world (note the space left at the top for titles etc) along with several commerciail uses which still pay very well. For more travel photos click here

Thursday, 10 October 2013 23:06

Orangutan holiday trip report

Borneo orangutan fundraising trip: 2nd to 10th October 2013: Thanks to Caroline, Carlos, Tineke, Rosemary, Mark, Paula and Liz for being so lovely and making this a blissful week. My internet access is limited at the mo but there's a few photos from this trip below (click on any photo to view them larger). As always our daily orangutan encounters were spectacular, but I've mainly chosen a few photos of the other wildlife we saw to illustrate the biodiversity of these forests. If you'd like to see more orangutan photos there's plenty if you delve into my website with a few suggestions here:  Orangutan love    Do orangutans smile ?   10 Orangutan photos . Between us we raised another few thousand dollars for the Orangutan Foundation from this trip. Conservation rarely works without local people having a stake in what is after all their land and the Orangutan Foundation very much work with people based projects too. We also visited a village during our time in Borneo with each participant bringing a selection of gifts including toothe brushes, toothe paste, colouring books, pens, pencils, clothes and even babminton shuttle cocks. The children of the village gathered for our arrival and sang a song about orangutans to welcome us, which was very moving. But before we handed out the presents they asked if we would sing a song in return which threw us slightly ! What should we sing ? What song did we even all know ? Luckily Carlos came to the rescue with the idea of Old Macdonald had a farm and we sang 3 verses with pigs, chickens and cows which seemed to go down well ... although it might be a tad early for us to enter X Factor I think. My remaining orangutan holidays for this year have been fully booked for some time but there are some places available for my 2014 trips (click here for more info).

Crested Serpent eagle Proboscis monkeys at dusk Crocodile TiredProboscis monkey Proboscis monkeys Sunset on way back from Camp Leakey Village Motherly loveAsian Black Hornbills Insect A leap of faith Storkbilled Kingfisher In safe handsOriental Pied Hornbill Village Eooxylides tharis Butterfly Dragonfly

Monday, 23 September 2013 15:53

Orangutan art

I'm delighted to announce that David Attenborough has signed the drawing below entitled 'Hanging on' by wildlife artist Chris Wright. It's based on one of my photos and will be auctioned at the great ape fundraiser at the Savoy hotel, London on Friday. For more information on Chris Wright's work please visit his website here

Fancy coming to Borneo on one of my orangutan fundraising trips ? Click here for details


Wednesday, 11 September 2013 16:17

Focus points

Nail the focus point and use an extremely narrow depth of field and you get unusual photos where the centre of focus almost seems model like ... a few random examples below : For more information my Sussex photography courses please click here.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 17:05

Stock photography

Maybe I'm taking the wrong 'type' of photos ? On Friday I sold the following 2 images via a Stock agency. The whale shark (which are a bit of a a hassle to photograph really ... you know ... underwater housing and a long long travel) sold for £55 and then the snap shot of my mini compost bin (didn't have to leave my kitchen) sold for £185. So I think the lesson is ... give up on wildlife and and take more photos in your kitchen ?

Monday, 26 August 2013 08:00

Black and white nature photography

LIfe is rarely just black and white ... ?

Saturday, 24 August 2013 14:42

Slow shutter speeds for moving images

Sometimes light is just poor for photography and even with a high ISO and a large aperture we end up with very slow shutter speeds. But you can use it to advantage ... I took the photo below at just 1/15th second and panned as the horse and dog ran across the field which hopefully gives a sense of motion !? For more information on my Sussex photography course please click here. 

Friday, 23 August 2013 07:16

Nikon focus settings for birds in flight

One of the questions that comes up quite frequently on my photography workshops is which combinatiion of auto focus settings are best for photographing birds in flight. I use Nikon cameras and the following is my personal preference for auto focus settings for this type of photography. 1) Continous focus switch: Set to C 

       2) Autofocus switch: Set to dynamic

Finally you need to go into your MENU and head to AUTOFOCUS where there are two more settings that need to be made. 1) AF-C priority selection - set to 'Release + focus 2) Dynamic AF area - set to 21 points And that's it ... to freeze the action you'll need quite a fast shutter speed but the above settings will give you the best chance of getting the camera to lock onto your target. Happy photography ! To see more photos of the amazing Shoebill taken on my Uganda wildlife holidays click here. Shoebills are just one of over 40 species included in my new book 'Swimming with dolphins, Tracking gorillas' which is a coffee table style paperback showing where and how to see the world's iconic wildlife in the most ethical ways possible. It's illustrated with beautiful photography and has been getting some lovely reviews ... which is a bit of a relief really after the labour of love to produce it ! Amazon(UK) (direct link here) have a special offer on of just £10.23 with free delivery in UK (Now 47 five star reviews) or for the rest of world The Book Depository (direct link) are now offering free delivery to anywhere on the planet ! Or if you'd just like more info and a few sample pages to flick through click here.



Friday, 28 June 2013 10:57

Sumatran Rhino

With fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos now left, this species is truly on the edge of extinction. Click here for my recent article for Wildtravel magazine on the hopes and fears for these animals.