Category Archives: Wildlife

Wolves

I don’t think I’ve ever seen wolves in the wild, I was in Alaska when I was small, I can remember seeing bears but not wolves. These ones aren’t wild they were in a wildlife park just outside of Zurich.

You don’t always need long lenses for wildlife photography, you do need to make them stand out from the rest of the scene though. In a forest on a cold day this can be a little easier, most warm blooded animals will go and sit or stand in the sun, the trees will put most of the scene in shadow, and your subject will remain nice and bright. Apparently the human eye is naturally attracted to brighter areas of an image, this is what a person will see first after that their eyes will wander and see more, for example the other 3 wolves in this image.

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Drinking Pride

If you want to use flash your best chances of success are to get it off camera. I used a couple of flash accessories to get this shot, first I used a set of pocket wizards, which send the flash signal wirelessly. The flash had a flash xtender on it, this magnifies and focuses the beam further away. Lastly I had someone hold the flash and point it in the right direction. I set the flash to full power, my f stop as low as it would go, shutter speed to 100th of a second. I then started adjusting the iso on the camera to get the correct exposure. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?

 

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Tell a Story

Photos should tell a story, you don’t necessarily need a never seen before scene to tell a story. What you do need is a scene that provokes something inside of you to tell that story. Then you need to somehow tell that story without words and just use your camera to convey what you believe you are seeing. To me that’s something very hard to explain in words, my thoughts are very image driven. If I see something I like I will start to photograph it and after a while the more pictures I take of the subject the more I see other aspects of it and while the subject is still the main part of the story the rest of the photo becomes an integral part of the story.

Take this photo for example what story does it tell? Is it one of desperation and despair where the elephant lacks anything to eat and that the world around him has been burnt to ashes. Or is it a story of new life and regeneration? To most people I am sure it will be the former as the hints to new life are very subtle, you can only really see new life in the slim patch of green grass behind the elephant.

Many national parks practice controlled burning of dry grasses to promote new growth, which is the true reality of this photo.

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African Hawk Eagle

I kind of thought this photo was appropriate as I wind down from work and get ready to fly away for a few weeks.

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Runaway Crab

When using a fisheye lens, you have to get close to your subject, sometimes too close. If whatever you are trying to photograph is living and has legs or wings it will inadvertently run or fly away.

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Follow the Leader

This lioness led 10 cubs down to the waterhole in Etosha, it was fun to watch as the 10 small cubs followed behind at their own pace.

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Yellow Billed Stork

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. Bird photography becomes a big part of wildlife photography, there are somedays when you are out in the bush seeking wildlife and nothing seems to be there, as if your worst nightmares had come true and all the wildlife had truly disappeared. In reality it seems to be a regular thing, when the animals you are looking for just don’t want to be seen. At some point in time you start looking around at what else you can photograph. That’s when you start to notice the birdlife and you realise it’s quite interesting, well some of it is. There are a bunch of small dull coloured birds that I still don’t pay much attention too, they’re known as LBJs – little brown jobies.

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Dancing White Lady

If you ever go to Namibia and are in Swakopmund and want to learn a little more about the creatures that live in the desert, go on a tour with Chris called “The Living Desert”, it’s absolutely brilliant and you’d never find one of these spiders without Chris and his guides.

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Ngorongoro Kites

Ngorongoro is still one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. It’s full of wildlife everywhere you look and it’s very used to humans. I wonder if the whole if Africa used to have wildlife like this.

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Lone Oryx

It’s been a bit of a slow week for me, I got very sick last weekend and it’s taken me quite a while to recover. I’m back on track so let’s hope we’re back to regular programming.

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