Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wildlife Photography: Tip #4

Aim for the eye:

Most of the time, the wildlife shots I take, are with the camera handheld. This is not the ideal way to shoot if you’re setting out to win a photography contest. A sturdy tripod and cable release would be the way to do that. But, I prefer to travel light and move fast so, the best thing I can do is work with the higher shutter speeds. At least 1/100 for every 100mm of length on the lens is what’s required to do handheld shooting. I like to use spot metering and move my focus point, aim and when I see the sun light up the bird's eye, shoot.

A Black Pacific Reef Egret taken 28APR2009 7:56AM f/8 1/800 ISO 200 Pentax K10D Sigma 50-500@500mm.


Sumitran said...

Beautiful one, Mike !
I could almost reach out and grab the Erget by its neck !!

Sumitran said...

Oops ... did I say 'Egret' or 'Erget' ?!?

RyukyuMike said...

Egret, Erget, what the heck. I do stuff like that all the time. Coffee fixes it for me lots of coffee. Thanks for stopping by.