FAQ - Simon Wantling Photography

Frequently asked questions

I often get asked questions about my wildlife images, so I have created a list of FAQ's which I hope you find useful. If you have any other questions, then just click the link, send it to me and I will do my best to answer.

Where am I based?

I'm from a small village in East Northamptonshire. Quite a rural location with lots of wildlife reserves as a result of past gravel and sand extractions.

What camera do I use?

I'm a Canon shooter, with my main workhorse being the 1DX Mark II. It's an amazing camera for low light situations and the auto focus is incredible. If I can't get close enough to the subject and assuming the light is good, then I switch to the 7D Mark II for that extra reach.

What's my favourite lens?

For my wildlife photography, I use the Canon 600mm IS F4 MK II.  It's a beast of a lens to carry around but the image quality is outstanding when coupled to the 1DX MK II. also use the 70-200mm F2.8 and the 24-70mm F2.8 for wide angle or close proximity images.

Do you use teleconverters?

Yes, I'm a big fan of teleconverters and in my view, the modern teleconverters show no reduction in image quality when used correctly. As well as my 1.4x extender, I use the 2x extender a lot. In good light and on the 1DX MK II, which maintains all focus points, this is a valuable part of my kit bag.

How did you get into photography?

I've always had an interest in wildlife since a child but I took up photography back in 2012 when my wife was taken ill and I needed something else to focus on. She is ok now !! I started off with fairly affordable equipment but once I decided it was something I wanted to pursue, I then invested in the big prime lenses and pro level camera bodies. Saying that, you don't need this level of equipment to capture a beautiful image.

What animal do I like to photograph the most?

I have a real affinity with owls and spend most of my time out in the field photographing them. Barn Owls are a particular favourite and no matter how often I see them, I can't get enough of seeing that majestic bird hunting over an open field.

What's your favourite wildlife moment?

I've had numerous owl encounters which stick in my mind but my best wildlife encounter was photographing a family of Otters on the Isle of Mull. I'd spent a week monitoring their movements in terrible weather before introducing the camera and what special moments they were. For 30 minutes I felt like part of their family and came away with some wonderful images.

Do you run workshops?

In 2017, I had intended to run wild owl photography workshops. However, after someone thought it was a good idea to sneak onto the private land I have access to, the land owner withdrew the permission and restricted access only to myself. The situation looks to be changing in 2018 so if you would like to enquire about a workshop, then please contact me and we can discuss available dates.

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