15 Apr BBC & NatGeo wildlife photographer Ben Osborne switches to Fujifilm

Source: Fujifilm X Blog

By Ben Osborne Tell us about yourself and what got you into photography

Photography has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I still have packets full of black and white negatives taken on 127 roll film with an old Brownie box camera – memories of family holidays and school trips from way back when. At the University of Edinburgh my interest in photography developed when I used still images and Super 8 film to back up field research on the feeding behavior of Ringed Plover, the subject of my Zoology Honours Degree dissertation. Having completed a second degree, my scientific “career” took a series of slightly disjointed steps through various biological research jobs, mainly ones with a wildlife theme. My interest in photography matured during this time until eventually I decided to switch careers from biologist to wildlife photographer.

Ben ringing an albatross chick

Luckily, this decision coincided with my return from an 18-month posting with the British Antarctic Survey to the remote island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean where, alongside the research that I had been carrying out, I had gathered a very comprehensive collection of images of sub-Antarctic wildlife. These images gave me the opportunity to write a series of magazine features which were syndicated globally. This kick-started a photographic journey which has taken me all over the world during the last 35 years.

Highlights include two 4-month expeditions to the Himalayas in winter, 9 months on a small yacht in Antarctica, work on three major BBC series (Life in the Freezer, Planet Earth and Blue Planet), a 4-month contract working for National Geographic in Antarctica, being awarded a Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship and winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

What was it that drew you into the Fujifilm system?

Over the last 50+ years, I have used many camera systems and formats (including Brownie, Voigtlander, Exa, Minolta, Ricoh, Yashica, Minox, Bronica, Mamiya, Fuji 645, 6×7, 6×9 and 6×17, Sony, Panasonic, GoPro, Nikon and Canon). If this gives the impression that I can’t make up my mind what cameras I like then that wouldn’t be entirely fair. It means that I always try to find the best camera set-up for the current creative challenge. It also means that, although I am not a professional camera reviewer, when I pick up a camera I have a reasonable…

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