Based in Southern California, Thanh Tran is a wildlife photographer who specializes in taking shots of birds in action. When he is not out exploring bird habitats through his camera lenses, he works as a software engineer and composes music in his remaining free time.
One of his photographs was published in Nature’s Best Photography magazine as the Bird Category winner of 2017.
View his latest works on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thanhtran.home
Your Name: Thanh Tran
Title of Your Winning Image:The Hungry Juvenile Peregrine Falcon
Related to your winning Showcase image:
How did you get the image?
On a summer morning, I went out to photograph a family of peregrine falcons that had three juveniles. As a parent falcon fed leftover food to one of the juveniles, a hungry sibling falcon wanted to get a share of the food and promptly started a chase in the sky.
What was special about this opportunity you had to capture the image?
The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird in the world. Getting the shots while they are in flight at top speed or while exchanging food is always a challenge for me, so I’m really happy I had the opportunity to take several shots. This image, however, with the hungry peregrine falcon screaming and fully stretching its wings while in pursuit at top speed, stands out.
What equipment and camera settings were you using to capture the image?
Nikon D500, 600mm, 1/2500 at f5.6, ISO 500
Related to your nature photography:
How long have you been photographing and what, in particular, got you into nature photography?
I have been into nature photography for approximately 6 years. I have always been fascinated with wildlife photography as a whole, and my passion for the art is what drove me to pursue it.
Describe your nature photography experience level and current status.
I have about six years’ worth of experience. I have a full-time job, but since wildlife photography is so fascinating, I always try to go outdoors to photograph whenever I have the chance.
How should people follow you or see more of your work?
View my latest works on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thanhtran.home
My NANPA Portfolio is: http://www.nanpa.org/portfolio/thanh-tran