AHOJ! KIA ORA! HELLO!


My name is Libor, I was born and raised in Czechia, but am currently based in Wellington, the windy capital of New Zealand. I am a keen explorer, visual storyteller, Sea Shepherd volunteer and conservationist. I am also a loving husband, annoying brother and grateful son.


I have loved exploring nature since I could walk and I am passionate about photography. So it was a no-brainer that when it comes to starting a new venture, I would combine two of my most favourite things, and use it for the greater good. When I am not behind the camera or editing photos, I like to treat myself with a delicious plant-based food, attend a heart-pumping crossfit class, binge watch documentaries and movies, listen to instrumental music and share stories with friends.

I wish the world was twice as big - and half of it was still unexplored.

Sir David Attenborough

STORYTELLING


Visual storytelling has become a crucial part of preserving and capturing the beauty of our planet's fauna and flora. It is a powerful tool that gives photographer the ability to inform public on what is happening across the world and to give a voice to those who can't be heard, through a single photograph. A single photo can capture an iconic moment in time, transport someone to places they never dreamed of seeing and can spark an emotional connection for not only a single species, but an entire ecosystem. Photography can encourage people to connect with nature, engage in conservation and inspire acts of kindness and positive changes around the world. This is my lifetime goal.

FAQ

What is your favourite animal?

All of them, but if I could pick only one I think it would be a tiger, but I basically love all cats, big or small. I am also fascinated by all the sea creatures, especially cetaceans.

What animal living in the wild are you most excited to document?

The elusive snow leopard in the high mountains of Asia, the Himalaya. Humpback whales in the Pacific islands. Orcas around New Zealand's coastline. The leopard seal in the Antarctic and many many more.

What is your favourite country you have visited?

Iceland, without any doubt or hesitation. The otherworldly nature is simply breathtaking.

What is the most memorable adventure that you have ever done?

Most definitely a month long journey to Himalaya back in 2016. Nepal is such a beautiful country, and yet there is a stark contrast between the polluted cities like Kathmandu and the clear air and almost untouched nature of the Himalayan range. The high altitude in the Three Passes trek leading through the Sagarmatha National Park was extremely challenging on both, body and the mind, with a constant reminder that mountain sickness could strike us at any time if we weren't careful. And yet in the end we were humbled and rewarded by the beauty of surrounding mountain ranges, flowing glaciers, deep valleys and lush forests filled with abundant wildlife.

How do you post-process your images?

Majority of my photographs are single shot compositions with the exception of landscape panoramic shots, where I usually stitch a few consecutive images together. I first start processing the images in Photo Mechanic 6, which has proven to be invaluable in many cases where I have to sort through a big amount of full SD cards. I then edit all of the sorted images in Adobe Lightroom where I do basic exposure, contrast, shadows, highlights and white balance adjustments with occasional colour saturation tweaks. My aim is to preserve the natural look and colours of the scene while also creating the look and feel of a Fine Art photograph. I do not manipulate the images in any way through Photoshop or any other software, for example I do not add any elements to the scene that weren't there when I pressed the shutter. In order to fulfill my vision, I use my trusty Eizo CG2730 self-calibrating monitor due to its precise colour reproduction, deep black levels, excellent contrast ratio and panel uniformity. These are all very important aspects that help me prepare my images for printing on a physical medium in Adobe RGB colour space. Having a good colour correct monitor is as crucial as having a good camera system that suits your needs.

Which camera equipment do you use?

I am fully invested in Fujifilm X system and use couple of camera bodies with combination of prime and zoom lenses. The main camera I use for capturing wildlife images is Fujifilm X-T4 and my landscape/backup camera is Fujifilm X-T3. My main workhorse lens is the Fuji 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 zoom lens, which I mostly use for capturing wildlife images, but can often use it for some detailed landscape and macro shots as well. In terms of wide angle focal length, I have that covered with the amazing Fuji 16mm f1.4 prime lens.