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Interview with Ruzhdi Ibrahimi

Photo of Ruzhdi Ibrahimi taken by Vebi Sulejmani

Please introduce yourself, where are you based and where do you photograph wildlife? My name is Ruzhdi Ibrahimi located in Switzerland. I am a wildlife photographer who is deeply passionate about capturing animals in their natural habitats. I photograph locally but for the past two years I have also been traveling in different places to photograph. For me, photography is the ultimate medium of communication between wildlife and humans.

How did you get started in wildlife photography?

My passion for photography began in my childhood, where I first explored the art of analog photography, with a particular focus on black and white, nature, and conceptual photography. As I spent a significant amount of my free time outdoors, connecting with wildlife became second nature to me. Soon, I found myself surrounded by like-minded photography enthusiasts, whom with we began organizing photography activities and expeditions to capture the beauty of wildlife in its natural habitat.

What kind of equipment do you use and why did you choose it?

I am a proud and happy owner of both Nikon D850 and Nikon Z9. However, obtaining the optimal lenses can be a consistent challenge, especially due to their high cost. Currently, I am using the 500mm PF lens as my primary choice, but I also frequently use the 200mm Nikon lens when i am close to subjects.

What's the most challenging aspect of wildlife photography and how do you overcome it?

The challenging aspect is definitely challenging yourself. One of the most challenging aspects of wildlife photography is pushing yourself to the limit, because capturing the desired image it is quite difficult in this genre of photography. It's important to understand that capturing the perfect shot may not always be possible. Despite imagining the ideal composition in your mind, animals and birds don't always cooperate. Accepting this fact can be difficult, but it's essential to remain patient and persistent in pursuit of that elusive shot.

Can you share a particularly memorable experience or encounter you've had while photographing wildlife?

Meeting friends who share the same passion for expeditions is always an exhilarating experience for me. However, last year's Kenya Safari expedition holds a special place in my heart. The breathtaking scenery, the diverse wildlife, and the thrill of exploring the wilderness with like-minded individuals made it a truly unforgettable experience that I still cherish to this day.

How do you approach photographing different species of animals, particularly ones that are dangerous or difficult to access?

I firmly believe that while animals may not pose a significant threat to humans, it is humans who endanger these creatures. To approach them, I rely heavily on patience, calmness, and try to learn as much as possible about the subjects I want to photograph, thus I can respect the wildlife in their natural habitats.

How do you post-process your images, and what software do you use?

In the past, when analog photography was the norm, the process of transferring a negative onto paper was accomplished solely in the laboratory. However, in today's digital age, both the laboratory and the resulting photographs are now completely digital. Despite the ease of capturing an image with modern technology, the process of producing a high-quality photograph is only halfway complete. To perfect and enhance the captured image, photo editing software such as Lightroom or DxO is essential. Personally, I have found these programs to be highly effective in achieving the desired results.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue wildlife photography as a hobby or career?

Wildlife photography is rooted in a deep love for nature and its inhabitants. To capture breathtaking images, it's important to spend time in the same locations frequently. This way, you can become familiar with the natural rhythms of the area and better acclimate to the wildlife. However, it's important to remember that the cost of photography equipment can be daunting for beginners. Instead of investing heavily in gear from the start, it's better to prioritize your creativity and imagination. After all, stunning photographs come from a combination of skill and passion, not just expensive equipment. Start with affordable equipment, and once you've honed your skills, you can consider investing in more expensive gear.

What projects are you currently working on or planning for the future?

I am committed to expanding my portfolio of eagle photography and further refining my skills in the art of capturing and editing these magnificent creatures.

How do you enrich your passion of wildlife photography?

Our group comprises of a small team of photography enthusiasts, who travel together to capture stunning shots in various corners of the world. As we continue our adventures, my wish is for a more extensive community of photographers to come together and collaborate for the betterment of the art form. By joining forces, we can share our skills, knowledge, and resources to push the boundaries of photography and elevate it to new heights.

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