Wildlife photography by John Devries, Kent UK. Inspirational images
Bio - The Photographer
John with Jumbo -
Hi, my name is John Devries.
I have been obsessed with wildlife and the natural world
for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have accumulated
a wealth of knowledge that has enabled me to understand
my subjects sufficiently well to be privileged to enter
their world. I get such a thrill, when through patience,
or perhaps a little edible bribery, a normally timid species
accepts me sufficiently to enable a close approach and to
allow me and my camera to capture something of their essence.
Every picture on this website has a story behind it, and
my aim is to hopefully share with others, something of the
beauty and wonder of the natural world that I have been
honored to witness and photograph during my years as a wildlife
I have exhibited my work, and my images and articles are
widely published. In 2006 I made a short TV programme with
the BBC on wildlife photography and was featured in the
Kent on Sunday "Review" magazine.
I lead a limited number of photographic field trips and
I am able to provide one-to-one photography tuition if required.
(Please contact me if interested
in a Digital SLR masterclass or beginners session).
Please note, that I am not able to
offer work placement for students and I regret that I am
not currently able to provide lectures for camera clubs.
Although I love all living things (well, maybe not mosquitoes
and midges) Britain's wild orchids have always particularly
fascinated me due to their beauty, rarity and extraordinary
life-histories. By photographing these plants as a child,
my interest in wildlife photography began, so I thought
that it was only fitting that I name this website after
the "Ophrys" family of orchids in their honour.
My extensive travels and number of hours in the field have
produced wonderful opportunities for me to photograph other
flora and fauna besides orchids. I have now broadened my
remit to capture good images of birds and animals, particularly
the mammals, and also some insects such as butterflies and
I have converted totally to digital cameras since 2004,
so nearly all the images on the image galleries are taken
with newer generation digital slr cameras. Not only do I
find that they have many practical advantages over film,
but more importantly, I firmly believe that digital files
now comfortably exceed the quality of scanned film.
The digital photographer has to be master of both a camera
and computer digital editing techniques, so I have tried
to communicate some of the lessons that I have learned in
my Tips and Tutorials
pages. These are becoming very popular, judging by the feedback
that I am regularly receiving.
All my images are available for purchase as prints
or for commercial use.
Please contact me for more information.
Copyright Ophrys Photography 2012