WHAT'S YOUR PROCESS FOR TAKING A GREAT PHOTO?
“When you're more mature you start to pre-visualize, you start to see things before you are looking at them with your eyes. You have to do your homework. That means knowing a lot about the place before you go, which is the best time of the year, a lot of stuff like that.
“And then you just have to be lucky because nature plays a big part. But you have to be there, you have to go, you have to do whatever to be in the place you want to be. … You have to love what you do….
“The camera is not the most important thing, the most important thing is the photographer. You don't have to have a great, very expensive camera to take great pictures. What you really need is to have a lot of patience and be there no matter what. … And you have to have the sensitivity, you have to have a lot of imagination and creativity to do new things.”
“In my opinion there's two key things. One is to know that light is everything. Light, light, light. That's key because it determines when you shoot something. And then the other thing is to try to connect with the place or the public that you're shooting, like from a sensibility point of view….
“It's important to take a moment to feel the place first, to breathe and be present for a moment before you start shooting, because that's a moment where you can connect, and that will guide you to shoot from the right angles and make the right technical decisions to capture the essence of what you're shooting.
There's infinite ways of shooting something, so you don't want to just do it randomly.”
“I would categorize it in two different approaches to the same question. One, a lot of pictures are planned with the perfect moment, or the moment of the most potential at a specific place. And that is exciting, to dream with that
moment, sort out the logistics, try many times and eventually being at a moment where it feels very special in terms of lights and what's happening….
“The other approach takes you to the same moment, but it's unplanned. And with aerial photography it happens a lot. Maybe you take 35, 45 minutes to get to where you're going, but on the way there's many things happening that you didn't think about. Maybe you cancel the original plans with the flight because you run into something amazing….
“I would definitely say you have to have an intention on why you're taking that picture, and also on what that picture is saying. It's not just a moment, it's not just capturing something, but it's what that picture can say to somebody. Different people can interpret a picture differently, but be intentional about that picture.”
Top photo: The Talamanca mountain range viewed from Mount Chirripó, by Juan José Pucci
Bottom photo: A leaping spider monkey in Guanacaste, by Sergio Pucci