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Wildlife

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by EightBitTony, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    We've had several genres (Portraiture - https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/threads/portraiture.140635/, Still Life - https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/threads/still-life.140633/, Street - https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/threads/street-photography.140641/, Documentary - https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/threads/documentary-reportage.140766/) so I thought I'd start some more.

    What is wildlife photography? Does it always exclude pets and zoo animals?

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    [​IMG]Crow Lift-off by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Owl Up Close by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Repositioned by Tony Evans, on Flickr

    When I first got my camera, wildlife was the reason - and then I quickly realised I had neither the patience, nor the time, nor the equipment to do it justice.
     
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  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It’s the patience and time that’s essential. All the gear can make a difference but not without basic skills. I think wild should mean wild, not pets or zoos or falconry displays or setups like “wildlife experience” days. Everything is a legitimate subject but should be declared.
     
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  3. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't exclude captive animals from wildlife photography. Well executed zoo photography is every bit as challenging as wild, just the challenges are different.

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  4. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Knowledge of what you are planning on photographing is probably the the most important thing. Obvious technical limitations aside, you don't need to invest heavily in specific lenses. My preferred choice for my butterfly pics is a Sigma 105mm macro with 1.4x tc, but only because its an incredibly sharp combination. I've successfully used 100-400mm, 70-200mm, 70-300mm zooms and 300mm, 50mm and 24mm primes to photograph insects.

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    70-300mm
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  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    You are right I should have said “without advanced skills”
     
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  6. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    And are those cropped, and if so how much?
     
  7. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    The Brimstone is a significant crop, but everything else (from memory) is probably 75% of original. I tend to crop to adjust framing and alter aspect ratio. There are those who are scornful of cropping, but photography for me is about the end result.
     
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  8. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I agree, better to frame wide and crop than try to fill the frame and accidentally cut bits off.
     
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  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Thanks. :)
     
  10. Zubida

    Zubida New Member

    For me, wildlife photography and nature photography are two sorts of photography that in some cases cross and here and there don't.

    In my view, any photo is taken of a wild (non-trained) creature is wildlife
    photography. Yet, if the photo is taken in a hostage domain like a zoo, at that point IT'S

    NOT nature photography. Then again, a photograph is taken of a wild creature in its common

    living space is both nature photography and wildlife photography.

    As others do, I esteem photos are taken of wild creatures in their common territories much

    more profoundly than photos taken of wild creatures in a hostage situation. Yet, I still

    see the two sorts of photographs as natural life photography.
     
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  11. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    The clue is in the title "WILD" life
     
  12. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Just as a matter of interest. What are your views on managed game reserves? Is that wildlife photography?
    Not trying to be obtuse, but they do have a fence around them.
     
  13. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Where do you draw the line? Is a lion in a zoo not a wild animal?
     
  14. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It depends on whether the fence is between you and them.
     
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  15. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    You make my point beautifully. It's still the same lion, whichever side of the fence you are. ;)
     
  16. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    It's probably not wildly happy about being cooped up - but seriously zoo photography is a step away from photographing animals in their natural habitat. So it would be wrong to represent a zoo picture as such.
     
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  17. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I suppose you could try and get up close and personal in the zoo.
     
  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

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  19. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    B** noisy aeroplanes, can't get a wink of sleep

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  20. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    They've been screening Jaws in Chester Zoo. Shame the rhino has been dehorned. I don't know if it is because someone might to decide to engage in some poaching, though the black rhino's get to keep their horns, or safety reason. She had a calf.

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