DES ONG - WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER
Published 21st May 2018
Wildlife photographer and NPS member Des Ong explains how the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/2.8E FL ED VR lens helps him catch the unrepeatable moments that make for stunning images....
We caught up with wildlife photographer and NPS member Des Ong to find out how he's been getting on with the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm F/2.8E FL ED VR lens.
Growing up by the edge of a tropical rainforest, I was fascinated with the diverse natural history it offered. I may have grown up and moved to the UK, but even then with my office based job, I still found myself working with tropical animals. When I was writing articles about the tropical coral reproductions in captivity for magazines, I struggled to find any supporting photos, so that spurred me to start producing my own materials. Realising very quickly how little I know about image making, I enrolled in a local college. With the subsequent knowledge acquired, I began exploring other wild subjects. Now I spend my days outdoors capturing the natural beauty of the creatures that fascinate me whilst expressing my artistic aspirations.
Like many, I started with what I would call wildlife portraits - essentially framed-filled images of wildlife. But overtime I began to appreciate a much wider view. I feel that by including more habitats or surroundings, the images tell a more complete story. I still do portraits, but I try to capture an aspect of their character or behaviour in these close-ups. My other, more personal work is usually slightly abstract. The subjects are still wildlife, just captured in a less conventional or recognizable way.
I have been shooting with Nikon DSLR exclusively since 2005, so that would be around 12 years now.
As a professional, I seek solid products that can help me execute the task reliably and produce quality results. It may sound simple but the type of conditions in which I operate and the subject matter often allows little room for error. For over a decade, Nikon equipment has helped me achieve my goals. Lastly and perhaps not so immediately obvious, is the support and services that I receive from Nikon UK, especially NPS.
The speed and accuracy of the autofocus is pretty astounding. Whatever the lighting condition, it just snaps into focus. It may be the fastest I have ever used.
There are three qualities that make this lens very special: versatility, sharpness and autofocus. The ultra fast autofocus will undoubtedly help me achieve a much higher successful hit rate. Nailing wildlife images at high speed has always been a big challenge and this lens makes capturing these difficult, and often unrepeatable moments much easier.