Capturing wildlife images without a super telephoto lens is not altogether satisfactory. I sometimes feel a little embarrassed with my 3/4 DSLR camera when along comes ones of those photographers dripping with cannon-sized telephoto lenses and tripod. Even so, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario lens can zoom from 14 to 140 mm and with its Power Optical Image Stabiliser activated can turn out quite steady images on the hoof, as it were.
Anyway before I am ready to splash out on a bigger lens, I’m learning a few of the basic things about wildlife photos.
- Obviously getting as close to or as close-up to the image is the most ideal unless the photo is more about scene than portrait. Inevitably I have to use maximum zoom (and crop later) but then comes the major problem – creatures invariably do not keep still! Trying to predict ahead on framing the image is a necessary requirement.
- Getting the shutter speed and focus right requires quick thinking timing. This creates a lot of tension which is of course not good for that relaxed tremorless shutter press. I’ve noticed too how much I hold my breath
- It’s not just about watching the birdie but capturing that beady eye – without light in the eyes, all creatures look lifeless as in the two left-hand images of swans compared to the one on the right
This crow and I had mutual interest in each other’s activities, hence the beady eye is most manifest – note the steely beak too.
INTROSPECTIVES SERIES IS THINKING OUT LOUD AS I AIM TO IMPROVE AND LEARN MORE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. THE IMAGES ARE NOT ALWAYS FOR SHOW – FEEDBACK WELCOME.