Five Quick Wildlife Photography Tips
I slowed to a stop along the side of the road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hurriedly, I grabbed my camera and telephoto lens and climbed out of the car.I had been enjoying a beautiful drive over Trail Ridge Road in Colorado when I saw him a muscular bull elk walking along a ridge in a picturesque pose of breathtaking beauty. As I walked down the road for a better vantage point, I went through a mental checklist:
(1) Respect the environment. It can be easy to get caught up in the desire we as photographers share, to get the "perfect shot" of our subject. Perhaps we sometimes forget about preserving the beauty and harmony of nature and try to control or manipulate it to our advantage. My goal as a photographer is to caperature the beauty of nature in it's natural state, without changing anything by my presence.Keeping this in mind I stayed on the road so as not to spoil the beauty of the delicate Ecco system high above the tree line, where a simple grass plant can take years to grow in the cold harsh tundra.
(2) Be careful! A bull Elk is much stronger than most photographers and probably wouldn't be inclined to listen to a speech on how we are here to preserve the beauty of nature by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints!Along with keeping a safe distance (use your judgment on what that is!) it is a good idea to keep down wind of your subject especially if it is something more threatening like a Grizzly Bear ect.With this in mind I crouched down unthreateningly a safe distance away.
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(3) ISO (For more info visit "Understanding ISO")Checking the ISO meter on the top of my canon 60D I made a few adjustments to the ISO level to allow for as fast a shutter speed as possible (preventing blurr) while maintaining a sharp, ISO free image.
(4) Focus!!Wow! I thought as I looked through my view finder, what a shot. But before I snapped the shot I auto focused my lens on the eye of the elk. This is a key point in Wiledlife photography and makes the difference between an OK shot to a supper good shot.
(5) framing (see more at "framing your photo")Now that the elk was in focus and looking sharp, all I had to do was snap away Right? Well, not exactly, before snapping the photo I positioned the frame so that the mountains we're noticeable and the lake, several miles away was framed behind the subject. Then Click!!As I drove away, I felt good knowing that the elk was walking along like I had never been there, the tundra grass was undisturbed, and, not to forget, I did get a beautiful picture!
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Posted in Memorial Post Date 01/19/2015