“Doing what it takes” is a primary reason why Wolfgang enjoys an international reputation as a premier wildlife photographer. An example would have to include his eye-level shot of two Galapagos iguanas backed by a distant volcano. To achieve the desired composition, the German-born photographer was required to crawl painfully across many feet of barnacle-encrusted rock. The short-term results were multiple (and serious) lacerations across his arms, legs and torso. The long-term is a photograph that continues to enjoy repeated publication.
As a past expedition cruise ship photographer, Wolfgang had the opportunity to explore and photograph some of the planet’s most remote regions. His Antarctic image collection is one of the largest and most significant in the world. From that collection, Wolfgang was awarded first prize in the compositions and form category of the BBC Photographer of the Year competition for his “Penguins on the Ice” photo – chosen from 8,500 other entries. Currently, Wolfgang travels extensively on assignments from various publications, travel companies and advertising agencies.
When asked what is essential to a successful image, Wolfgang offers, “The elements of great nature photography can vary but the best should all possess a unique composition – which is not always easy because you can’t control an animal’s movements.”
On the ICF philosophy:
“The goal of the ICF is praiseworthy. It needs more national and international attention however. Unfortunately, not many people know about it – even here in Texas – but the word will get out.”
2006 Pro-Tour, Teamed with Stowers Ranch – Hunt, Texas