While the subject matter might be very different – a football player speeding down the wing rather than a bird of prey swooping in to land – there are undoubted similarities between the worlds of sports and wildlife photography. Both require an element of planning, but also the ability to react instantly in unpredictable situations.
To look at how the genres overlap, Swiss Canon Ambassador and action sports photographer and videographer Martin Bissig recently took on the role of guest editor/host on Canon's podcast Shutter Stories, interviewing three fellow Canon Ambassadors from the worlds of sport and wildlife. He spoke to Maxime Aliaga, a French wildlife photographer who travels the world helping organisations working in nature conservation; Eddie Keogh, a British sports photographer with more than 30 years' experience shooting a range of action-packed events; and Lucia Griggi, a British-Italian wildlife and travel photographer who started out shooting surfers but now specialises in polar regions, including underwater and aerial photography.
All four pros shoot on Canon's EOS R System. Maxime and Martin have upgraded from a Canon EOS R to a Canon EOS R5, Lucia has recently returned from her first shoot with the Canon EOS R3 in Alaska, while Eddie also uses an EOS R3.
Here they discuss the skills required in both genres, what it takes to get that killer shot, and how the EOS R System is changing the way they take photos.