Rob Pine is a talented wildlife photographer who started taking photos at the age of nine. In addition to photographing the beauty of animals, Rob is a skydiver with an impressive history of 17,000 skydives. In this interview we talk about his early beginnings as a young photographer, why he loves taking photos of marine mammals, what every photographer should know, and more. Please enjoy this inspiring discussion!
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My Father was a Photographer in the RNZAF so I had an interest in taking pictures at an early age. I think I was 9 when given my first camera and that was back in the 60’s when owning one was a rare thing. I started Skydiving in 1974 and for most of my 40 plus years of jumping out of planes, I have carried cameras on my head which is an extreme way to take photos.
This was an expensive undertaking due to the cost of film plus the processing as well as the plane ride to altitude. So taking photos of other stuff was not as high on my agenda. It wasn’t until digital came along that I started to expand my range of subject. And that is when my passion went into overdrive. Aggggghhhhhh!
What inspired you to start taking photographs of wildlife?
After 17,000 skydives it was time for a break and for the past 3 years I have focused on Wildlife Photography. I guess the challenge of shooting subject that is unpredictable and usually moving at speed is on a par with the skills required for Freefall Photography. So these days I spend a huge amount of time chasing the wildlife of New Zealand and I am usually out on the water seeking the marine mammals that frequent our coastline.