Today I’m exploring wildlife photography in Rietvlei Nature Reserve in South Africa. I want to target sunrise silhouettes of wildlife along the ridgelines. I hope to capture shots of animals with the sun behind them or with a glorious orange dawn sky. I also run into a band of Meerkats, photograph a cormorant and meet the iconic Secretarybird.
I make videos mostly about what I believe to be important in nature photography and for me, this is the behind the scenes story of how I get some of my shots. It’s not easy to juggle between stills and video and I don’t always capture video footage of the wildlife, a usable still and a piece-to-camera explaining the shot. When I do, I try to put it together to tell a story here on Youtube or to share some info that will help you to capture similar shots.
It’s always difficult to pitch the information to the right level. I don’t often talk about camera settings or equipment because in most cases it’s possible to capture versions of the shot with different settings and different gear – there is no perfect solution. There is instead, a range of them.
I’ve found that this is often difficult to explain to beginners who typically want to follow a script.
Wildlife photography doesn’t really have many scripts, we are confronted by a range of problems and it is experience, practice, and patience that offer the best solutions.
Beyond camera gear and settings, wildlife photography, like life, becomes a game of chance and calculated opportunity. It’s this experience that I hope to share in most of my videos because this is what really makes the difference between a snapshot and a wildlife photograph.
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