Wildlife photography by John Devries, Kent UK. Inspirational images
Eagle owl in flight, Czech Republic, 2014
- © Ophrys Photography
Ophrys Photography is world-renowned for high-quality, professional
The galleries on this website contain thousands of beautiful
images captured by the highly experienced
naturalist and wildlife photographer - John Devries
working from Kent in the UK.
John's pictures are widely published and feature in books
and magazines around the world.
He has also featured on a BBC television programme on improving
your nature photography. Canon cameras and lenses were used
to capture all images on this website.
you are able to travel to Kent in the UK and fancy improving
your own wildlife photography and Photoshop image-processing
skills, John can provide individual or small group tuition
for users of digital SLR cameras. Please contact
me for further details of my intensive one-day course
if interested.This can be tailored to all level of abilities
from novice to advanced. The one day 1:1 course costs just
£150 and runs from 10am-4pm with a break for a pub
lunch (not included in price). This could be the best investment
you ever make towards improving your skills.
In the winter months John also provides hands-on bird photography
tuition from a dedicated two person hide in his farmland
Tips and tutorials
If you can't attend a training course but are looking to
improve your photography or Photoshop skills there are many
hints, tips and articles in the tips
and tutorials section. These are written in a very easy
to understand manner without getting too technical and have
proven very popular judging by the appreciative feedback
frequently received. The eight section tutorial on photographing
birds is particularly valuable as it probably the most in-depth
article and is not just relevant to birds.
There are also some useful comparisons between Canon cameras,
and converters which may assist you when purchasing equipment.
The image galleries
is suggested that you start by visiting the Showcase
gallery to see some favourite images. There
are around 3000 more images in the main
image galleries .
These are continually being added to, so please bookmark
the site if you wish to return to view the latest material.
There is a list of the most recent or newly-updated gallery
links to the left of this page.
All images seen on the website are available for purchase,
whether it be as a tradtional print ready for framing, a
large canvas for your wall, for publication or for use on
your website. Please see the Sales
page for more information.
Image of the month
Image of the month
contains recent images that John is pleased with that also
gives a flavour of what he has been up to lately. He includes
camera settings along with any exposure compensation used
on these pictures so you can use these to help get your
own settings right.
Book - Portfolio
John has produced a very special book
of wildlife images entitled Portfolio which as the name
suggests is a collection of favourite photos from across
the image galleries. The hardback book is big 12" square
(30 x 30cm) and printed to a high standard.
It makes a great gift, so why not treat someone (or even
yourself) to a copy? You can preview 21 pages from the book
or buy your own copy on the sales page here :
There is also a smaller 40 page A4 book dedicated to African
animals and birds which is also available to preview and
buy on the sales page: A taste
have picked up the peregrine canvas print today. It
is absolutely wonderful! The clarity is so much better
than I imagined it would be, so life like and it is
beautifully presented. Thank you so much for it! I
have to admit, that I generally find things bought
on the internet are always disappointing in reality
but you have proved me wrong, as this has exceeded
all expectations. I now hope the birthday boy is as
pleased with it as I am (I am rather loath to part
with it!) Thank you so much
- Joya Logan, London "
There is also a range of my personally selected colour-themed
canvases if you are looking for a
print of a certain overall colour to match your house decor.
Alternatively you may prefer traditional A4 or A3 fine-art
prints which are available as prints alone or mounted ready
so much for the speedy delivery ! My nine prints arrived
safely, and as of yesterday are framed and hanging.
Wow, those are some spectacular shots! Best wishes,
- Curtis Swinger, Sussex "
All images are available for use in commercial
applications by publishers and webmasters - please contact
me for more information.
Please note, that despite regular
requests, John is not able to offer work placement for students
and is not currently providing lectures for camera clubs.
Geese at sunset - © Ophrys Photography
the name Ophrys?
Photography takes it’s name from the "Ophrys
orchids" which grow wild in the UK and Europe. Ophrys
being the latin name for this group of terrestrial (ground-dwelling)
orchids. My interest in British wild orchids, (and subsequently
wildlife and nature photography in general) probably began,
when as a small boy, I found a wild Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera)
in a Kent woodland. This fascinated me as it was so beautiful
and also so unusual. I later discovered that Charles Darwin
had once lived in Kent in the UK near to where I found it
and indeed had often come to this very place to study wild
It seemed only fitting
that I should name my website after this wonderful group
of plants. Instead of the fly orchid, I chose the late
spider orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) as my company logo (the
logo is in the title bar at the top of this page) as it
is only found in the county of Kent in the UK - where
I have lived for nearly all of my life.Click
here to go to see more pictures of UK ophrys
Photographing wild orchids was only the beginning of course,
and although this website started out as a celebration
of British wild orchids, it has grown out of all recognition
into a general wildlife photography site. The site now
includes includes many pictures of animals and birds,
insects and plants which I have encountered in my travels.
| Fly orchid - Ophrys insectifera
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