My Approach To Urban Wildlife Photography

My name is Ronn Thwaites and I’m an urban wildlife photographer based in London

Although I’ve always had a great love of photography I didn’t get my first DSLR camera (a second hand Canon 1000d) until 2015. It was another two years before I really started taking photos seriously and street photography was my chosen area to learn how to do it

My passion, however, has always been wildlife photography and I now spend my time photographing the wildlife I come across in the parks, wasteland and urban spaces in London

As I did when shooting street images I use a ‘One Camera One Lens’ approach to my photography using the minimum amount of kit to get my images of urban wildlife. I don’t use a tripod and prefer to handhold or place the camera on a beanbag to keep the weight of my gear down and stay mobile

My preference is to use prime lenses over zooms and often use a remote trigger to get as close as possible to my subjects. My current set up consists of a Canon M50 with either a 22mm or 50mm prime lens and the Canon Camera Connect app on my phone to remote shoot

I prefer black & white images (which I put down to growing up with a black & white TV during the 1970’s!) but sometimes some wildlife shots just scream out for colour

Thanks for reading