Laurent Baheux Photography

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What kind of equipment (camera body, lens, filters, flash, tripod, cleaning equipment other) do you use?


I use Nikon equipment and more particularly Nikon D4 & D800. I have several lenses too as AFS 800/5.6 VR, 600/4 VR, 300/2.8 VR, 80-400 VR ED, 70-200 2.8 VR2, 24-120/4 VR. I have one monopod in gitzo carbon but I prefer to hold the camera rather than use a tripod.


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What do you like and dislike about your equipment, specially your camera, and how would you improve it?


I really like my camera because it is a strong equipment, adapted to bush constraints. Nevertheless, I dislike the heavy weight but, unfortunately, I have no choice…


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What is your favorite lens, and why?


My favorite lens is AFS NIKKOR 800/5.6 VR FL ED because I can photography wild animals without disturbing them. Moreover, the quality is amazing and the weight is lighter than 600mm.


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When you travel, what is in your essential photographic kit bag?


Probably my eyes and my legs…



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What kind of software/tools do you use for post-processing, if any?


I use Lightroom 4.


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How long have you been taking photographs? How do you find inspiration? How do you take your pictures?


I work in photography since 1994. I started by working for press and then for sports agencies. I followed international competitions and tournaments like Olympics games, soccer, rugby, tennis… It was a great experience, very formative because you must be attentive, reactive, still available… In the same time, I dreamed about African continent, quiet and authenticity. That’s why, I decided to travel in Tanzania in 2002. For me, it was a tremendous shock ; it disrupted and changed my life and my approach of photography. Finally, I could shoot with my instinct, my feelings, my vision of photography and nature and not only for editorial requests.


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Which style of photography do you like the most, and why?


I cannot say that I like a style of photography more than other. However, I have a particular fondness for portraiture and B&W. For me, black and white is the best way to express how I see animals and wildlife, how I feel their personality. I love images with high contrast and deep shadows because I think it feels more emotional… I try to use my photos as a vehicle for inducing emotions and moods, and conveying powerful messages. I hope I do well but it is not easy because it is very subjective…


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What goal are you working towards within your photography and when will you know you have reached it?


When I travelled in Africa in 2002 to shoot African fauna, I had no idea what I wanted to do with. However, my aim was to shoot with my instinct, my feelings by adding dream, poetry and, sometimes, fun. It was when I started to show some of my pictures during exhibits that I realize that people feel touched too. It was a great pleasure of course and the beginning of a beautiful adventure.


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Looking at your own work, which piece is your favourite? Why? Please provide a link to the picture.


My favourite piece is a portrait of lion taken in 2007 in Tanzania (Serengeti). The picture named “Lion in the wind”. I like watching this picture because I remember the great moment I knew meeting this magnificent lion. I often thinking about this strong wild cat. It’s exactly what I’m looking for when I work in Africa : I’m always try to find a piece of eternal Africa, one of our origins as a lost paradise. One before the arrival of the white man, at the beginning of the era of industrialization, with its desire to impose progress wherever he goes. Main visible consequences : massive destruction of species and natural resources.


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Does your work fit into any one or more distinct genres (nature, landscape, long-exposure, black-and-white, infra-red, urban, artistic, macro, vintage, vernacular, social, street)? If other, please specify.


B&W / Nature / Portrait / Fine art


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Are there any photography websites that you visit regularly?


I do not visit some particular photography websites but I am still curious of any new photographic works in any support (internet, books…).


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What is the one most important lesson that you have learned since you started taking photographs?


To be ready at any time…


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And finally, what other interesting photographers would you like to see in this blog ?


I like both to discover new talents and also to re-discover the masters of photography, especially in B&W.


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