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50 Examples of Wildlife Photography.

Wild life photography is, no doubt, the most difficult kind of photography. Yet it is the most rewarding one! To be a successful wild life photographer, you need to get out of your comfort zone. It requires a lot of patience, knowledge and unfortunately, luck. It is all about timing and lighting in wildlife photography and if you ace that, you’re good to go. Here are some great examples of wildlife photography.

1. Caught in action

A tiger in its natural habitat
A leopard never changes its spots
Somw wild horses
A zebra prancing away
A deer trotting in the forest

To catch your subject in action, the photographer should keenly observe the animal. Most animals have the same routines in behavior. So, it is not too hard to predict and prepare for its next move. People who master this, capture the moments just in time. This enables us to see those aesthetic pictures of animals catching their food in midair, or having a refreshing drink from the pond. Now, the subject may not show any capture-worthy behavior right away. Therefore, patience in the key in getting those greatly timed shots. Make sure that you and your camera are ready to photograph at the right moment. Here, setting the camera to a very fast shutter speed is necessary as your goal is to freeze the behavior in the picture.

2. It’s natural

Little marvels of nature
A peacock in its grandeur
Butterfly fly away
A bison charging
Birds look lovely on the camera

The main focus of wildlife photography is to capture the animals and their actions in the natural habitat. For a fish, the natural habitat is the sea, for a lion it is the glass lands. It is only fair that you photograph them at their home. For this reason, the pictures you take of the tiger you saw at the zoo do not really count as wildlife photography. Sometimes you see photos of animals existing in their habitat, doing their daily activities like hunting. Sometimes you see pictures of them relaxing or sleeping at their safe haven.

3. Two is a crowd

Love is in the air with these zebras
The three monkeys
Mother and child going for a little stroll
Oh deer!
Ferocious tigers posing for the camera

Trying to photograph an individual animal is great, but when more animals, whether they are of that animal’s specie, preys or predators join in, it’s a party! You have more action to capture. For example, the classic picture of two animals in the head collision pose, or a cheetah attacking a deer by its neck. All these pictures tell a story and are beautiful to look at. When there are more subjects involved, there is more to capture. If you miss one behavior, you might capture the next one.   In this case, you need to be very far away and out of the animal’s sight, so that no reactivity exists in their action.

4. Close up

Hello there owl!
A squirrel looking for munchies
A flamingo up close
Wild goat eyes at you!
An American eagle in its prime

Now, wild life photography is an expensive hobby. You need a lot of equipment and travel fare to get it right. A very common example of wild life photography is the zoomed-in detailed shot. You may need a lens with a larger focal length so that you can really zoom into the subject without actually being too close to it. Getting too close to an animal may scare it away. This can also be dangerous for the photographer, in some cases. The picture quality in these pictures should be very sharp and focused.

5. Back off

Pair of lemurs
Troop of elephants
Happy feet !
An otter is relaxing
Mountain goats need some rest too

Although, getting zoomed-in shots captures the natural beauty of an animal, sometimes it is also important to focus on its environment. With the background blurred out in a close up, you can barely see where the picture was captured. As the environment is also essential in wild life photography, wide angle shots hold great impact. You must try to photograph as much of the habitat as you can. This can include the trees and the sky. But you should make sure that your animal is still the the subject and avoid it being ignored in all the clutter.

6. Hello light

If that's not cute, what is?
A lion is nothing without his lioness
An elephant never forgets
A duck in the waer
The biggest cat of them all

Light plays a significant role in capturing the right kind of pictures. Pictures of wildlife in the golden light, found at dusk and dawn, have their own aura. These tan and dusky pictures with the light piercing from behind the trees are highly appreciated in the eyes of the viewer. There is a lot of effort that is put into these pictures as it requires you to stay up early to catch the sunrise, the time when all the magic happens. In lowlight, wildlife photography is a challenge. You need to get very close to the subject. Although, it feels unethical to flash the animals at night with the bright lights and flashes, the results are sometimes phenomenal. The usual night wildlife photography shot is of an owl staring right at the camera.

7. Eye like it

Eyes on you!
Birds are quite loving creatures
A clever fox
He looks quite happy with the banana
That is one animal you would not want to mess with

 Pictures with animals at eye level have a greater impact compared to those which are taken from a higher or lower angle. Especially, pictures in which the animal is looking straight into the camera are strongly preferred. It makes the picture look fearful, but beautiful. In some cases, it is hard to get in eye contact with the animals. For example something as tall as a giraffe or something as small as an insect can’t be held at eye level, easily. So, a picture of subjects majestically looking at something far away looks pretty cool, too!

8. Size does matter

Capture a praying mantis
Or two ladybugs in between a quarrel
Hungry mouse right there
Aren't those wings beautiful?
What are you looking at? - Lizard

 Pictures with animals at eye level have a greater impact compared to those which are taken from a higher or lower angle. Especially, pictures in which the animal is looking straight into the camera are strongly preferred. It makes the picture look fearful, but beautiful. In some cases, it is hard to get in eye contact with the animals. For example something as tall as a giraffe or something as small as an insect can’t be held at eye level, easily. So, a picture of subjects majestically looking at something far away looks pretty cool, too!

9. A mother's love

Heart melting
Goose leading her little gooselings
Monkeys have such human-like habits
Baa baa! Come here kids before the fox comes
Nudging the young elephant calf to follow her

Wild life photography is pure because it captures the animals in their most honest and natural form. The most heart touching pictures are those in which a mother and offspring are interacting. There are a lot of ways in which mothers interact with the little ones. She might be breast feeding the baby, or just kissing it on the head. There may be some rare shots of a natural and miraculous child birth sometimes. It’s all too precious to miss. Again, to capture a picture like this, it is important to be pretty distant from the situation and to have great timing.

10. Underwater

Turtles basking in the sun
Deware! Crocodiles are dangerous
Koi pont fish
Jellyfishes are so pretty to look at
A sad fish

Again, a lot of equipment needed to capture pictures like these but the outcomes are worth it.  There are two types of pictures in underwater wild life photography. You either see pictures of land animals enjoying a quick swim in the water or you see pictures of marine or fresh water wildlife in their natural habitat. The best part of these pictures is the mesmerizing patterns of water shadows which commonly form underwater. These patterns give the pictures a sense of depth. You can see photos of small and unique sea animals or large and majestic sea animals such as sharks and dolphins.

Good bye - Turtle

There is a large spectrum of pictures in the field of wildlife photography, as each photographer has their own unique style. I believe that Wildlife photography is highly underrated but hopefully after reading this article, you will be more appreciative towards the efforts put forward by photographers to bring such breathtaking pictures to its viewers.

He does not look quite happy
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