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Old January 7th, 2011, 05:41 AM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

this is a very useful article as I plan to have a safari tour in Africa end of this month. I will try to apply what I have read here and I wqill share later with you the pictures
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Old January 7th, 2011, 09:45 AM
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^ Looking forward to seeing the shots you get. I've always wanted to go on a safari shoot!
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Old January 25th, 2011, 03:16 AM
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There are definitely some great pointers here for Wildlife photos. I find the 2 camera READY comment to be RIGHT ON! Continuous opening of the body to keep fooling with lenses will not only get foreign material in the mirrors and on the lens, you will miss the shot you have been waiting the whole trip for. ....... Another problem that comes up with 2 bodies ready to go is that if you aren't "hands on" both of them (kinda hard to do when getting a shot isn't it?) then sure as heck, one of the bodies is gonna drop in the dirt, or even worse yet, be broken when your mode of transport or "camera holder for the moment" moves! What a killer, to go so far, and lose not only the MOMENT, but you camera. I don't like recommending products, but a "Cotton Carrier" (this is the name of a harness assembly that is quite comfortable and very protective of your camera) is GREAT. My field of experience is guiding photographers for Brown/Black bear-whales-Mtn Goats-orcas-sealions-glaciers from a boat or on shore after a quick skiff ride here in SE Alaska. Believe me, picking up a dusty camera is still better than watching one sink with a thousand dollar lense on it. And if you are climbing, you have a "quick draw" camera ready to go that hasn't been swinging from a neck strap against every rock.
On the sunset problem --- I am far from an expert like so many here, but , go negative a stop and a half in the AE mode and watch your sunsets come to life ------ experiment up and down a bit but start at -1 1/2 ....... I spent years getting blown out pictures on film and not knowing the answer ---- love digital !!
One last couple hints from the guide side ------- don't try to get a perfect framing of your scene when working with wildlife ------- you can always crop a bit, but you can't add -------- have it on motor, get a new battery in it if there is even the slightest doubt about the one in the camera (I haven't seen that one yet --- be sure to have back up batteries) , keep the chatter and movement of the photographers to a MINIMUM, & use a higher f stop but still a 500 shutter at least if at all possible ----------- the reason for the higher Fstop is for the depth of field on a fast setting and the animal is about to bolt ----- if he is gonna stay put (in a wild setting) you can always go for the lack of fore/background as you go ........................................... and most of all , as was pointed out in the original article ---- if the eyes aren't in focus, you lose
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Old January 27th, 2011, 11:15 PM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

Great tips!

One thing that I would recommend for utilizing two bodies (or one) is an R-Strap. I seen one mentioned as a 'must have' accessory in a thread about 2 years ago and purchased it on a whim - I haven't looked back.

I've put mine through hell and back with abuse and it's still as good as the day I bought it - albeit with no paint left on the mount.

I've found a single r-strap along with a traditional camera strap for the other body worked very well for me in the Galapagos and throughout Europe and Asia. They have since released a two camera body r-strap and I'm seriously considering giving it a try.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 11:26 PM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

I'm new in this forum and I really appreciate that you share this guide. It is truly helpful. I especially like the tip you gave about photographing wildlife in the zoo --
walking in a different position to ensure that the background appears natural-- is a good advice. I'll try this one of these days. I also like your tip about capturing little (flying) creatures. Observation is the key in this one. Again, thanks for this wonderful post.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:54 AM
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Just read this article & thoroughly enjoyed it Tim! You have a very personable style of writing & your photos were awesome, especially the giraffe picture!

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Old May 20th, 2011, 12:15 AM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

I didn't actually write this one - it was submitted by JeremyT.
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Old January 2nd, 2012, 10:09 AM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

Thanx for sharing this article with us,Much appriciated.
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Old January 1st, 2013, 01:45 PM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

Very interestng...Thanks
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Old July 8th, 2013, 07:49 AM
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Re: Tips for Photographing Wildlife

Information you provide is very good and interesting..keep up
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