Big 5s

Richard Peters

Photographer

“Until very recently, the leopard would have easily been the top of my list. However, just over a year ago, after a visit to Uganda, that changed.

Photographing and spending time with chimpanzees is like nothing else. Physically, it is a rewarding challenge because the dense forests they live in require dexterity and a degree of physical health to navigate and work in, especially when the humidity is factored in.

Photographically, the forest makes for difficult environment with branches and leaves everywhere, not to mention either a severe lack of light or very tricky high contrast dappled light.

However, they’re wonderful animals to watch, from the way in which they groom each other, move around the treetops and indeed just fall asleep on the floor. Sometimes you’ll just come across one fast asleep on the path your following. And when that happens, they’ll usually roll over, open one eye to look at you, then go back to sleep.

There’s almost always something going on with them that makes them fun to be around. Hearing chimps call out to one another and drum on the large tree roots is in itself audibly unlike any other animal I spend time around.

Add all this together and the end result is challenging, rewarding, unique and just very special, especially when one decides to brush past you as it makes its way through the forest.”

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Photo by Richard Peters

My Big 5

    Chimpanzee
    Leopard
    Brown Bear
    Elephant
    Wolf

Richard Peters

Photographer

“Until very recently, the leopard would have easily been the top of my list. However, just over a year ago, after a visit to Uganda, that changed.

Photographing and spending time with chimpanzees is like nothing else. Physically, it is a rewarding challenge because the dense forests they live in require dexterity and a degree of physical health to navigate and work in, especially when the humidity is factored in.

Photographically, the forest makes for difficult environment with branches and leaves everywhere, not to mention either a severe lack of light or very tricky high contrast dappled light.

However, they’re wonderful animals to watch, from the way in which they groom each other, move around the treetops and indeed just fall asleep on the floor. Sometimes you’ll just come across one fast asleep on the path your following. And when that happens, they’ll usually roll over, open one eye to look at you, then go back to sleep.

There’s almost always something going on with them that makes them fun to be around. Hearing chimps call out to one another and drum on the large tree roots is in itself audibly unlike any other animal I spend time around.

Add all this together and the end result is challenging, rewarding, unique and just very special, especially when one decides to brush past you as it makes its way through the forest.”

Photo by Richard Peters

My Big 5

    Chimpanzee
    Leopard
    Brown Bear
    Elephant
    Wolf

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