From lively animals to majestic landscape time-lapse photos, Canon Ambassador Radomir Jakubowski brought his cameras and travelled the length and breadth of Europe capturing nature at its finest.
Please tell us some more about the venture / project in Vosges Mountains.
“The Vosges Mountains are a range of low mountains in eastern France, near its border with Germany. Together with the Palatine Forest to the north on the German side of the border, they form a single geomorphological unit and low mountain range of around 8,000 km². It runs in a north-northeast direction from the Burgundian Gate to the Börrstadt Basin, and forms the western boundary of the Upper Rhine Plain. The Grand Ballon is the highest peak at 4,672 ft, followed by the Storkenkopf 4,482 ft, and the Hohneck 4,475 ft.”
“I started this project in 2011 when I came back from Scandinavia and I was looking for a new photographical subject. In an article about the Vosges, I read that there are living chamois there. This was the starting point for an amazing project about the chamois in the Vosges. The Vosges are located around 2.5 driving hours from my hometown, which gives me the opportunity to come back frequently under different conditions to document the behavior of these animals.”
“When I started to shoot the chamois, I had to do a lot of research to find them. Over the past years tourism in this area grew quickly, which resulted in the animals trusting humans more and more. For me the chamois are perfect mountain animals, perfect climbers, and so graceful. The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a species of goat-antelope native to the mountains in Europe, from west to east, including the Cantabrian Mountains, the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Apennines, the Dinarides (Dinaric Alps), the Tatra and the Carpathian Mountains, the Balkan Mountains, the Rila - Rhodope massif, Pindus, the northeastern mountains of Turkey, and the Caucasus. Some subspecies of chamois are strictly protected in the EU under the European Habitats Directive. The chamois is a very small bovid. A fully grown chamois reaches a height of 70-80 cm, the males measure 110-140 cm and weigh up to 60 kg; they are slightly larger than females, which weigh up to 45 kg. What is special about the habitat in the Vosges is that it consists of forests and plateaus with grassy areas and not like classic mountain areas.”
What photo setup did you use the most when shooting wildlife photography?
“Most of the time I used the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, with the 2x Extender sometimes. As I got closer to the animals, I would change to shorter lenses. Camera-wise I chose the EOS-1D X III and the EOS R5. Over the past few weeks the EOS R5 has been doing a great job for wildlife and landscape photography.”
How did Wise’s product and the EOS R5 help your work?
“I was looking for blazing fast CFexpress cards and noticed that a lot of manufactures didn’t meet the standards for my Canon EOS R5.By chance, I found Wise and decided to give it a try. Once I found it worked great on my cameras, I bought a lot more CFexpress and SD cards from them.”
What were your take-away thoughts?
“Speed and data security are the two of most important things, and Wise memory media accomplished both with a decent price-performance ratio. I am satisfied with their CFexpress cards on the EOS R5 as well as SD cards on the EOS R6 for daily usages.”
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