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Fieldcraft: a Dying Art?

Are the rewards of photographing an elusive species diminished by not doing your own fieldwork? Mark Hamblin discusses whether the upshot of commercial wildlife photography is killing the art of fieldcraft

When I started photographing birds in the early 1980s many subjects were photographed at or near the nest, partly because that was the ‘standard’ way of doing things, but more crucially, due to the limitations of only having a maximum telephoto of 210mm. This involved a lot of fieldwork in spring when...

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Mark Hamblin

Mark Hamblin is a freelance nature photographer with a primary focus on Scotland’s wildlife and wild places. His recent work has been on collaborative projects that include Tooth & Claw and Wild Wonders of Europe. He is also working on the 2020VISION project.

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