Wildlife Photography with Roger Neckles

04/29/2011 11:08 by Thorsten Böhnke

A lot of patience is required to capture animals on film. In addition, you need to be familiar with the animals and their behaviour and know how to find them.

Roger Neckles, the best wildlife photographer of the entire Caribbean according to National Geographic, possesses all of these attributes and knowledge.


I, in turn, have the great fortune to be able to accompany Roger on the search for his unique photos. I find it fascinating how Roger is able to predict when a scarlet ibis will fly away, when a heron will  strike, quick as a flash, or where a dragonfly will momentarily alight.


His photos decorate 38 official postage stamps of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Service. In the meantime, Roger also passes on his knowledge in workshops. However, he doesn’t feel it’s his job to teach his students how to use their cameras. That’s what the instruction manual is for, he explains. To me, Roger’s expertise starts at the point where purely technical photography reaches its limit. He brings the intuition and knowledge that can only be acquired with years of field excursions. For those who are interested, you can find his website here.


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