Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wildlife Photography: Tip #3


Tip #3. Look for Patterns in Behavior.


The internet, library, magazines and encyclopedias are all sources where information is available on the type of wildlife you want to shoot and some of it is true. I usually research wildlife after I’ve taken my photos. I spend a lot of time observing and I learn from watching the critters is the wild; study their habits, look for signs that a certain activity is about to happen. Shoot the photo. Then, see what the experts have to say, later. Lots of the information online is wrong and I have pictures to prove it!


How the above photo was taken:
While waiting in a favorite location for Osprey and Egrets and checking the light meter for the settings I’d need for both sea and sky, I noticed a pattern in the way fish jumped. Whenever one jumped out of the water, if you watched the spot it first appeared from, within a second or two, another fish would jump, too. Photo taken 28OCT2008 8:08AM f/6.7 1/640 ISO 125 with a Pentax K10D and a Sigma 50-500 focal lenght 500mm.

4 comments:

sixmats said...

Good tip!

Mike said...

Sixmate,
Thanks, I'll try and keep posting more for you. Follow on FaceBook and I'll listen to ant suggestions you may have for future camera tips.

Cheers,
Mike

Sumitran said...

Wonder if the fishes follow that pattern, why the birds and beasts do not do the same !!! It would make life a lot easy, albeit, less exciting for amateurs like myself. LOL !!!

Mike said...

Sumitran,
Well the birds and beasts all have some sort of patterns of behavior., Just takes some time to figure them all out. Kinda like watching the Grandkids, unpredictable at times. Haven't figured it all out yet. Might have something to do with genes they inherit or, could just be the weather!