My favourite Wildlife and Landscape photographs of 2012.

Well, another year has flown by and it has been a fantastic one for photography and travel. I thought it would be great to end off the year with my top 20 photographs for 2012.

The year started out with some cold, frosty days in February which generally means great misty and moody photographs taken at Bushy Park. Regular visitors to my blog will know that this is my local patch which also has a wonderful variety of British Wildlife to photograph. Below is one of my favourite minimalist photographs of one of those misty mornings.


"Bushy Park - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Lone tree
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 50mm, 1/2500sec, ISO320


In the first week of May, I flew to the island paradise of Sri Lanka. The main purpose of the visit was a trip to Yala National Park , renowned for its healthy populations of Asian Leopards and Asian Elephants. I had previously photographed quite a few Asian elephants in India, but it was always great to spend more time with them. The Asian Leopards are slightly larger than their African counterparts but proved just as elusive to photograph. Some older males did oblige with a few brief appearances so I didn’t come away empty handed.


"Common Clubtail - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Common clubtail
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm+1.4x conv (700mm), 1/1000sec, ISO200

"Asian Leopard - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Asian Leopard
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/1000sec, ISO500

"Asian Elephant - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Asian Elephant
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm+1.4x conv (700mm), 1/1600, ISO200


The next trip I undertook was the big one for the year. I have long wanted to photograph Polar bears in the wild and in August I joined a Northshots tour to the island of Svalbard in the Arctic. It is really difficult to describe just how special the Arctic is in such a short blog so please follow the link to the Trip report for more details: Svalbard trip report.

The Arctic ice has receded back to the 81.4 degree mark this year and was the furthest on record which does not bode well for the animals and birdlife of the region. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is on the issue of climate change, seeing it in action and realising just how far the Polar bears have to travel to feed is a very sobering experience.  I also got to photograph the diminutive Ivory Gull which was a lifer for me.


"Fulmar - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Fulmar over the Arctic
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70-200mm, 1/6400sec, ISO400

"P olar-bear - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Polar Bear greeting
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70-200mm, 1/1600, ISO400

"Arctic Landscape - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Arctic Landscape
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 16-35,mm, 1/1250sec, ISO100

"Polar bear - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Lone bear
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/3200sec, ISO640

"Ivory Gull - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Ivory Gull
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm (handheld), 1/4000, ISO400

"Polar Bear - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography

Where is all the Ice?
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70-200mm (at 98mm) 1/1000sec, ISO400

"Humpback Whale - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography

Humpback Diving
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/5000sec, ISO800

"Monaco Glacier calving - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Monaco Glacier calving
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70-200mm (at 160mm) 1/1250, ISO800

"Kittiwake - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Kittiwake landing
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 70-200 (at 235mm with 1.4x conv), 1/4000sec, ISO800

"Little Auk  -  Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Little Auk
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/500sec, ISO400

"Walrus - Arctic - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/800sec, /ISO500

"Arctic Fox cub - Svalbard - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Arctic Fox cub
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 500mm, 1/500sec, ISO800


2012 was the year of equipment upgrades in the Marinovich household and a new 16-35mm zoom lens soon joined the kit bag. This was followed by a short period of deliberation and research before I bit the bullet and upgraded my old Canon 1D Mk4 to the new Canon 1Dx.  I’ll post some views and opinions on this monster in the new year, but in short it is probably the best that Canon have produced to date. I did manage to sneak out for a quick post deer rut shoot with it in Bushy Park before I went off to South Africa to chase some rhinos. Below is my favourite  photograph from Bushy Park.


"Bushy Park - Marinovich Wildlife Photography

Christmas lights
Canon EOS-1D X, 500mm, 1/640sec, ISO500


My last trip for the year was to a great little reserve in South Africa renowned for its Rhino conservation work in the 1970’s. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve was at the forefront of Operation Rhino when hundreds of healthy animals were shipped to other parks that had lost Rhinos due to rampant poaching. It is quite sad and ironic that I should return to the game reserve during 2012 to get more stock photos, the same year that the poaching numbers hit 633 animals.

I tried to forget that fact as I spent hours on end with these wonderful calm animals. I’ll share more photos in the new year from this reserve along with the obligatory trip report.


"Burchells Zebra - Hluhluwe-umfolozi - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"

Burchells Zebra
Canon EOS-1D X, 500mm, 1/80sec, ISO2000, on a bean bag

"Buffalo - Hluhluwe-umfolozi - Marinovich Wildlife Photography"


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