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Five Minutes With Carole Reboul
French nature photographer Carole Reboul is always in search of an artistic quality when shooting her images, favouring natural light. She is a member of the Female Nature Photography community website and aims to make people realise the beauty of nature, but also its fragility. Read more about her work and approach below
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What is your favourite piece of equipment?

My favourite piece of equipment is a macro lens, the 180mm Tamron. I bring it everywhere I go. It works perfectly with my Canon 5D Mk III. In order to obtain a great bokeh, I work with the biggest aperture and I like its precision to set the focus point manually. Its little depth-of-field gives a lot of smoothness in pictures.

Define your photographic style.

I don't search to show the reality. I don't want a descriptive or naturalist picture, but something more artistic. As I use a small depth-of-field and am always against the light, I get a lot of flare that I used to call ‘bubbles of light’. When people see my photo prints, they often say that they look like paintings, because they look so smooth.

Carole Reboul

What are your photography goals?

When I see a flower or a dragonfly, I feel an emotion and it's this that I try to share. I hope to touch people to make them realise how nature is beautiful but also fragile. I would want to motivate people to take time, to be attentive when they go for a walk. I'm sure that if everybody learns to see all the marvellous little things around us, it would be easier to protect them.

What is the biggest lesson you've learnt as a wildlife photographer?

Firstly, I've learnt to be patient. When you want to photograph dragonflies, if you are in a hurry, it won't be possible. They’ll fly away. I think they feel our bad or good waves. It's quite the same thing with flowers or landscapes: sometimes I need to wait for a long time or to come back several times to catch the best moment. Secondly, I've learnt to see. For example, I've discovered some flowers next to my place that I had never seen before, simply because I didn't pay attention.

Carole Reboul

What is your favourite subject and why?

In this moment, my favourite subjects are mountain flowers, particularly orchids. I love to look for them as treasures. A lot of people walk beside them without seeing because they are so little. Nevertheless, they are captivating when we get closer and take time to observe. For me, each one has its own personality, like a person and I have to find the best way to show it, as we do for a portrait.

What advice would you offer other wildlife photographers?

I find that I haven't enough experience to give advice to others. But I think it's important to take time, to turn around the subject, to learn to play with the light. The most important is the trio: subject, light and its environment. The three are indispensable to succeed in seizing an instant. Moreover, the photographers have to remember to respect nature. We have to pay attention to where we walk, not trying to go too near the insects so as not to disturb them. And of course to enjoy it.


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