Hi – I’m Michael Lykke Aagaard,
I love wildlife photography – it’s really that simple.
Photography is a major creative outlet for me, and it facilitates some incredible outdoors experiences with wild animals.
I find these experiences absolutely thrilling – and quite addictive to be honest. Nothing beats the feeling of being on an adventure out in the wild with just nature and wildlife around you.
My approach to wildlife photography
I try to capture our four legged/winged friends in their natural element in scenes that show their natural behaviour. I do portraits as well as action shots – depending on the animal, the light and the setting. I don’t use flash and I do not bait any animals, and I do not publish photos of captive animals.
I believe in respecting nature and wildlife and doing my photography on their terms. If I get close to animals, I’m always careful to approach them respectfully and calmly while being very aware of their behaviour. I want to make sure that I am not harrasing them. If you behave in this way and have pure intentions, I find that the wildlife will often end up approaching you – like the Ground Squirrel in the photo above.
I am blessed to live in a British Columbia, Canada – a beautiful and wild place with abundant and varied wildlife. BC really is a treat for wildlife photographers. Year round there’s something cool going on – whether it’s the bears coming out from hibernation with their cubs, or the annual salmon run that attracts record numbers of Bald Eagles.
- Nikon D500
- Nikon 200-400mm, f/4 telephoto lens
- Sigma 150-600mm, f/5 – 6.3 telephoto lens
- Sigma 10-20mm, f/3.5 wide angle lens
- Sigma & Nikon 1.4 teleconverters
- LowePro Flipside 500 AW II bag
- FEISOL Elite Tripod CT-3372 M2 Rapid
- Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head
- Lots of different kinds of camouflage
I use back-button focus (I recommend that to all wildlife photographers) and always shoot Manual and most of the time I have ISO set to auto. That way I have manual control of both aperture and shutter speed – whithout the hassle of having to adjusting ISO up and down. If I need to lower the ISO, I go to a lower shutter speed and open up the aperture.
This setup (BB autofocus + manual + auto ISO) gives me the highest level of control and freedom. Two things that are essential in wildlife photography because you most often only have a sliver of a second to capture the action. For landscapes, I set everything manually as the object is static and I can take my time with the setup.