Canadian Geographic Special
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER CAITLYN MACDONALD
What is your most memorable moment in the field?
When I had just started to pick up a camera, I came across a blue heron sitting by the water at golden hour. Looking back, it was quite simple and I see many herons now, but the experience of snapping one of my first bird photos was inspiring.
What has been your biggest challenge?
I’ve always struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder, and sometimes photography takes me out of my comfort zone, as it means leaving the safety of my home and going to explore, touch and do new things. It has been scary for me, but it has also been a good thing as it has pushed me to do things and go places I wouldn’t ordinarily go — and I get a fun hobby out of it.
How did you get into photography?
Ever since I was little, I have always loved wildlife. One day I decided to bring a camera with me to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, B.C. And being inspired by other photographers has played a huge part. When I was younger, I got a Canadian Geographic Best Wildlife Photography special issue, like this one, for Christmas! Since then, I like to get the magazine and pick out my favourite photos. It’s made me more interested in photography.
What is the best advice you’ve received?
Keep taking pictures in the moment. Often when I’m taking photos, I’ll look down at my camera and start going through them when I’m still in the field. I’m always super excited to see the outcome, but I can miss what is still going on in front of me and some great opportunities.
Caitlyn MacDonald, 16, is based in Vancouver. She received an honourable mention in a past Can Geo Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year competition. Her photos have been featured in her local library.