Interview with Rob Wallace
Please introduce yourself, where are you based and where do you photograph wildlife?
My name is Rob Wallace and I'm a wildlife photographer residing in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful wetlands park nearby which is home to a variety of raptors, waterfowl, songbirds, and an occasional North American River Otter. There are also several great local parks and a couple of Federal Wildlife Refuges in the area which I frequent.
How did you start your career as a wildlife photographer?
I started shooting in 2017 and was pretty much hooked from the start. In addition to providing an escape from the increasingly crazy world we live in, photography has been an endless source of exploration, learning and new friendships with like-minded folks.
What is your most memorable sighting?
I spent a week in Yellowstone National Park last Winter and we had a remarkable two hours with 14 Gray Wolves of the Wapiti Lake Pack. Spending time with the pack in their natural element and on their terms was a blessing that will live with me forever.
Where is your favorite place to photograph wildlife and why?
My favorite place to photograph wildlife is wherever I find myself as each habitat offers unique experiences and opportunities. I hope to visit the vast expanse of Yellowstone again soon and am looking forward to visiting Alaska this Summer.
Which image are you most proud of and why?
Without question the image I'm most proud of is one of a Gray Wolf sprinting through the snow I captured in Yellowstone. I think the image just exemplifies the saying that "luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Countless hours in the field doesn't necessarily translate into countless great images, but I find this motivates me more than anything as one never knows when the next bit of magic will occur.
How do you think your style has evolved over the years?
I think I've become a bit more adept at the technical side of things and I continue to work on my post-processing work flow, although I stick with pretty basic adjustments and try to get as much as right in camera as possible. I'm also working on becoming more deliberate and thoughtful photographer as opposed to merely reacting to a given situation. Shooting wider, including more habitat and incorporating a story-telling element to my images is also a goal. As retirement (or a little less work) nears, I look forward to more travel and time in the field.