Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wildlife Photography: Tip #5

Tip #5. Steady the Shot with Whatever’s Available.

Even the few times I hump around a tripod with all my camera gear there have been shots I’d have missed if I didn’t rip the camera off the tripod and improvise, quickly. Critters just don’t wait for you to get the camera positioned for the best shot, so you have to think fast and move to the where the lighting suits your needs. There may be no time, no room, or no use for a tripod and if you try it, you may have missed the shot. That’s where a tree, fencepost, rock, roof of a car or sitting down and resting your elbows on your knees may come in handy.

The bird above is a Japanese White Eye visiting Cherry Blossoms on 19JAN2009 12:11PM f/8 1/640 ISO 100 Photo taken using a chain link fence to steady the shot. Pentax K10D Sigma 50-500 Focal Length 500mm.

It's Friday. That means I'll be out all weekend shooting festivals. I'll try and have something new to make you want to live in Okinawa, first thing next week. Until then, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND !



Hermitbiker said...

.... great tips on Wildlife Photography.... thanks Mike !!

RyukyuMike said...

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. It makes all this squinting at a monitor and banging away on a keyboard worthwhile, to me!