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Photographer of the Week – Anja Denker


Where are you from?

Windhoek, Namibia

Where is your favourite location for photographing wildlife?

Etosha National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which borders on Namibia and encompasses Botswana and South Africa.

What's the latest photo you've taken?

I tried to photograph my Rottweiler using backlighting and getting him to blend in with the dark background and focusing on the light catching his eyes… not very successfully as I deleted everything again!

Who are your heroes?

Ansel Adams for his black & white landscapes, Art Wolfe for his versatility and technical brilliance, Bence Máté for his avian photography and David Lloyd and Hannes Lochner for their wildlife photography.

Best piece of advice you've been given?

You have to close one door in order for another one to open (when making the switch from painting to photography) and believe in yourself and follow your passion!

Favourite subject?

Any kind of wildlife and avian photography

Favourite lens?

My Nikkor 200-400mm f/4, which I only acquired a few months ago. A close second would be my 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor lens, with which I have taken most of my photographs.

What's your next equipment purchase?

A Nikon D800 body and 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens (my husband and I will share the lens!)

Most memorable moment?

Leopard-roost-2-WPMIn December last year at Etosha. Out at first light and upon rounding a corner seeing a leopard not in a tree but on top! It was still a bit dark with the sky turning a lovely bluish color; the leopard was only a silhouette at first and a myriad of thoughts raced through my head, one being: “What on earth is a vulture with a cat’s head doing on that tree?” Another being: “Hyena??!!”

When the realization dawned that it was indeed a leopard, it was an amazing moment. My daughter was with me and we had this female leopard to ourselves the whole day, without any other car in sight – and this in Namibia’s largest game reserve, an experience so rare and unexpected and which I will always treasure.

Who do you nominate for Photographer of the Week?

Shayne McGuire

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