Please welcome Robert Andersen!

This week is crazy here at PL, because we are bringing in more and more talent from all over the world for our readers to learn and get inspiration from. Today, we are expanding our team of writers with a talented wildlife photographer, Robert Andersen! I am sure you have been enjoying Robert’s detailed articles on Raptor Photography and getting answers to some of the most complex questions related to camera autofocus, handling, hand-holding and much more! Without a doubt, Robert will be an amazing resource as a permanent team member for our readers, so please give him a warm welcome!

Robert Andersen

I asked Robert to write a short bio about himself and here is what he sent me:

G’Day Everybody!

My name is Robert Andersen and I am rather flattered to be part of the Photography Life team. My hope is that my down to earth nature and fairly honest way of speaking or presenting articles will help inspire others. I was originally born in Denmark and immigrated to Australia with my parents when I was nine years old. On the fourth of July 2013, I proudly became an American citizen, but because of the three different countries I have called home you could say I am kind of multinational.

Big Bull Moose at Feeding hole

I started doing photography as a serious hobby about thirteen years ago, not long after meeting the love of my life. She has always had an eye for photography and saw things in a different way than what I did and inspired me to take photography more seriously. It’s been a hard long road getting to where I am now with lots of mistakes and what I call cry shots, but the journey has been amazing.

Moose in water

What drives me as a photographer are the challenges of getting those perfect shots and the emotions and personal satisfaction I get when someone really loves one of our photographs. I love telling the stories behind the photos and sharing our experiences as there have been many of them over the years. Photography has changed my view of the world we live in.

My wife Mila in an important part of my photographic journey and we are a team, each pushing the other to our creative limits. We don’t do photography because we want to get rich or famous or something like that, we do photography because it has gotten us out of the house and into the wild and opened our eyes to nature. We seem to have focused on wildlife photography over any other and especially love raptors and the big dopey cute looking moose that wander in our region of the world.

Grizzly Bear with Cub

We love and Shoot with Nikon equipment and our hardware list has grown quite extensive and expensive over time. This is not because we think you need the latest and best equipment to make you a better photographer – equipment won’t exactly do that for you. It’s because we are just photography nuts and love getting into it, we buy each piece of hardware with a specific purpose and plainly just can’t help ourselves. It’s an addiction with no cure.

Running Elk

So what message would I like to tell you in this short BIO more than any other?

I think the most important thing I can convey to you is that wildlife or nature photography will open your eyes to the magic that is planet earth. I would tell you that we have experiences that will remain with us to our dying days, that there are powerful images of nature embedded in our brains forever. Nothing beats walking in amongst 12 huge grizzly bears, even some with 6 month old cubs and all of them behaving normally and fairly oblivious to your presence. I would tell you that those experiences can be had by everybody to one level or another, but you better watch out because before you know it, you will have been bitten by the photography bug and are hooked for life.

Bald Eagle with Fish

Photography can be as cheap or expensive as you want it, don’t let that enter the equation, just let the journey be your driving factor. As you can see I have become rather passionate about photography and I am glad because it has made me a better person.

Loon with Chick

Happy shooting everybody and good luck!

Robert Andersen

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Sandra
    February 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Robert,
    WELCOME!
    Your photography is exceptional.
    May I ask, how you processed the photo of the mama and baby bear? How did you fade out the background, was that Lightroom or something else?
    Thank you,
    sandra

    • February 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks you Sandra
      It was July in Katmai and it was drizzling rain the whole time we were there – what you are seeing is a mixture of fain and fog blurring the background – but I think that helps make this image more powerful

      This is a second year cub seeking the comfort of its mother

      Rob

      • 3
        ) Sandra
        February 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        Rob,
        Okay, now I can see that. You are right, the rain and fog make the image!
        Sandra

  2. February 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Welcome Robert! We look forward to seeing more from you.

  3. 5
    ) eric
    February 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Welcome Robert! I don’t shoot much wildlife, but im sure I’ll learn lots from you. The photography life family is getting bigger everyday! :)

  4. February 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hi Robert: Welcome to Photography Life, I have read your two earlier post and am looking forward to learn from your vast “Multinational” photography experience. Do share some of your experiences of the Australian outback also.

    • February 18, 2014 at 5:19 am

      Thanks – unfortunately when I was in Australia I had film camera and wasn’t quite as passionate about photography – so I actually have to go back for several trips myself to capture the Outback – but its a beautiful country with many photographic opportunities.

      Rob

  5. 7
    ) Alis
    February 18, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Welcome Robert!
    What a great intro! I already told you I love your pictures and now I know why.
    Looking forward to reading more articles of yours.

  6. 8
    ) santosh jaiswal
    February 18, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Welcome Robert !
    I am so happy to read your photographic experiences and love to see wildlife pictures…!

  7. 9
    ) Rolf Eriksson
    February 18, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Welcome Robert!
    I’m pleased that you will write on thise site and I’m looking forward to your upcoming articles.
    I share the same interests with you and your wife. Main differences are that I use Canon gear, and that our mooses and bears in Sweden aren’t as big as yours!
    Some of your photos are really breathtaking! Love to watch more of them in the future.

    • February 18, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Moose are so much fun – with a little DANGER attached – they can be un-predictable to photograph

      No sweat on the Canon gear – it’s the photographer that matters :)

      Thanks for your nice comments

  8. 10
    ) Volker Sellmann
    February 18, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Welcome Robert. I’m certain that you will be a welcome addition to this great site.
    Looking forward to your wildlife expertise and articles.
    Your photos are very beautiful.

  9. February 18, 2014 at 5:25 am

    THANK YOU everybody !!

  10. February 18, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Welcome, Robert. Love your wildlife pics!
    Bob

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    ) Jorge Balarin
    February 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Robert ! It is very nice to have the oportunity to learn from you. Thanks !

  12. February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Robert,
    Welcome. I’m looking forward to many more articles on wildlife photography.
    I noticed on your website that you use a Nikon 200-400mm f4 and a 600mm f4. Nasim also has/had a 200-400mm. If someday, you or Nasim could review either lens (preferably the 200-400mm), I would love to read about it, as I’m sure many other readers would too. I use a D800 with the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 vrII, and occasionally my old manual Tokina ATX 80-200 f2.8 +/- Tokina 2x teleconverter for my photography (which is about everything, though mostly things that are on the move – birds, kids, etc), but someday hope to get a 300mm f2.8 or the 200-400mm. I am leaning towards the 300, mostly because of Nasim’s review.
    Btw – love your shots of the eagles.

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    ) Ron
    February 20, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Welcome Robert! As a person that has a deep passion for landscape and wildlife photography, I’m looking forward to you sharing your stories, photos and ways for all of us to become better. Thank you.

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