Welcome to the site "Montagne et Nature".
This site has for only ambition to make you share my passion for the photography which I practise for several years. I am an amateurish photographer with a passion for nature and hiking. For me the hike is inseparable of the photo. Nature is the one that gives me inspiration, and the photo has taught me and developed my sense of observation, and ask a different view of what surrounds us.
I live in a neighbouring village of Nimes, in a region between sea and mountains close to two parks : "the Camargue regional Park" and "the Cevennes national Park".
The Cevennes which I like particularly is in about sixty kilometers, the Mount-Lozère in hundred of kilometers; the Camargue when to her is in about forty kilometers from Nimes. This thus allows me to organize my escapades and my hikes on a day.
I make of the photo since the age of 20 years, my first camera was a Zenit SLR (at this period, the Nikon F was not in my means). I continue from time to time to photograph in argentic with a big format Mamiya RB67, I use mainly of the slide " Provia 100F, for his neutrality. I practiced during several years the black and white lab, the emergence of the images under the safelight, has for me always something magical... I thus have a former argentic culture.
For some time, with more freedom, I devote myself to wildlife photography, indeed this discipline requires a lot of time on the field, and perseverance. The Camargue near to Nimes, stays a ground of preference for this type of photo, in particular for birds.
This site will evolve over the course of my hikes and my favorites. I wish wholeheartedly that my images bring you so much enjoyment as the one that I had to realize them.
This site is dedicated to the beauty of Nature, and to all her lovers. Good ride in picture, good visit, and Thank you for your passage.
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The galleries show photographs of free animals. They are photographed in their natural environment. These photographs are performed in affut, observatory or approach without disturbing them. The approach and observation of animals must be made by avoiding any inconvenience which would be likely to disturb their tranquility. One must know to renounce a photograph that may cause harmful disturbance. Likee, know, respect, are the rules to be applied.
Some rare pictures of animals in captivity are listed on the site; for information, this tag appears on the photo for information.
Since December 20020, I joined the "Nature First" alliance of responsible nature photographers. Nature First promotes the protection and preservation of the world's natural and wild spaces by inspiring, educating and bringing together all those who take photographs and videos in nature; giving them the means to be ambassadors of the natural world.
The digital technology revolutionized the photography, but many amateurish photographers feel out of the race when it is about digital post-treatment. He is not as well difficult as we could believe it to realize a constant production of images of professional quality... "read more".
Photo equipment used
I'm currently using two cameras, a Nikon D4 with full-size sensor 24x36, and a Nikon D500 with smaller sensor at the coefficient 1.5x, and various optical ranging from 16mm to 500mm, some associated with TC14EIII converter. The full frame sensor provides beautiful background blur more attractive in many cases. The 500 mm stabilized is my favorite lens for wildlife photography. I also use a monopod, as well as a Gitzo foot with a pendular ball "Winberley" for the comfort of use with the 500mm.
Camera and Lens:
Post processing :
Quotes photographers - (In French)
- Photographier, c'est mettre dans la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur.
Henri Cartier-Bresson- Photographe Français
- La composition doit être une de nos préoccupations constantes, mais au moment de photographier elle ne peut être qu'intuitive, car nous sommes aux prises avec des instants fugitifs où les rapports sont mouvants.
Henri Cartier-Bresson - L'Imaginaire d'après nature (1996), L'instant décisif.
- La technique ne doit pas être le souci principal du photographe, Quand il a la certitude de la bien posséder, il doit non la perdre mais l'oublier.
André Thévenet - Photographe portraitiste.
- J'affirme que, sans amour, on ne peut pas prendre de vraie photo. Moi, si j'aimais une seule et unique personne, je passerais ma vie à la photographier.
Hitonari Tsuji- Poète et écrivain Japonais.
- La Terre n’appartient pas à l’homme, c’est l’homme qui appartient à la Terre.
Sitting Bull- Chef indien d'Amérique du Nord.
- Nous n'héritons pas la terre de nos ancêtres, nous l'empruntons à nos enfants.
Antoine de Saint Exupéry - Ecrivain poète et aviateur français (Cette sitation serait un proverbe d'origine Africaine.)
- Le moment d'un paysage est aussi unique que celui d'un portrait, et souvent le photographe n'y est pour rien, sinon qu'il a été là au moment où il le fallait. Ensuite l'image vivra sa vie, enrichie par l'imaginaire de ceux qui la regarderont et par la nostalgie de celui qui l'a faite.
Jean Loup Sieff - Photographe Français.
- Il faut aimer la solitude pour être photographe.
Raymond Depardon - Photographe Français.
- Une photographie, c'est un fragment de temps qui ne reviendra pas.
Martine Frank - Photographe Belge.
- L'appareil-photo est un instrument qui enseigne aux gens comment voir sans appareil-photo.
Dorothea Lange - Photographe Américaine.
- La photographie est avant tout, pour moi, la rencontre, la découverte, l’apprentissage d’autres mondes, Et le partage. C’est parce que ce métier est avant tout humain qu’il me passionne.
Eric Valli - Photographe Français
- La belle image, c'est une géométrie modulée par le coeur.
Willy Ronis - Photographe Français.
- Le monde s'use, les clichés s'usent, notre regard lui ne s'use pas.
Edouard Boubat - Photographe Français.
- Mon pied droit est jaloux de mon pied gauche . Quand l'un avance, l'autre veut le dépasser . Et moi, comme un imbécile , je marche !
Raymond Devos - Humoriste.
and finally to finish a quotation which applies well to wildlife photography :
- Don't put away your camera before you get home..
Joe McNally - American photographer.