Wildlife Photography Pro Tips #1–Winter Wildlife!



[Applause] most people would never think about doing violent ography on a day like today the barometers falling weather's coming in snow falling most people like the butter light you like that rich warm silky light that comes with the end of a perfectly sunny day or a partly cloudy day early in the morning check out this warm butter light see what I mean but look at the drama in these images I like it when the barometers falling wildlife are up on their feet moving looking for a good place to hunker down or looking for food looking for emergency cover I like to be out there when the adventures happening to get great images on a day like today you have to meet the wildlife halfway there if you have to understand camera exposure understand the theory behind how to make the pictures when the lights kind of screwy Bruce Leventhal and I have been photographing together since 1992 we've learned a lot along the way join us on this little adventure as we show you some big ideas about how to photograph when the barometer is falling one thing that I like to do is actually lay down on ice it creates a three-dimensional sort of pop for the animal you might disappear in the mist when I'm this low but worth giving it a try we're getting a nice snowfall and that's adding drama to the shots so we're kind of working in mist freezing cold temperatures below zero and light snowfall so one of the things that I've learned about photographing swans over the years is you've got to stay home with the bird because you'll get five or six of them bathing at the same time and if you are you know trying to keep track of them all and you're moving the camera following the bird that's arousing then the one that you've been following has well then roused when when you're on the wrong bird and the next thing you know you'll be out of focus one bird and struggling to get to another bird so what I've what I've discovered is if I find a bird that I like that it's pretty it's got some white color rusty back a really nice black unless stick with it but the price for sticking with it is that you're going to expose your hands possibly do this for five minutes and you're waiting for about a 10 second bursts but it's totally worth it [Applause] so this this landscape that working in here has a latitude of would you say about almost three stops from yeah see you're going from snow and ice to the dark background of trees and when swans are flying across this stuff what happens very often if you're shooting an aperture priority is that your camera's gonna swiftly try to acquire perfect exposure on the trees and then your sponsors get blown out and blurry so today my strategy was an anticipation of perhaps swans flying was to find juvenile swans that have some gray they're like a great card they're 18% gray and get them just about right and then hold it on manual exposure so I died I was dialed in today at ISO 400 F five six and one five hundredths of a second and I just kept it because that's the conditions were not changing a whole lot a couple of my shots look a little muddy some of them are a little bright but the most part I feel like I I kept kept what I needed and so when they did that burst they flew into the snowflakes I was able to freeze the action and also hold the exposure because I was in spots and the thing was by being in auto ISO I had they were working browsing and pool but as soon as they took off I wasn't paying attention didn't change my exposure compensation so when they went against my Swan so the second time they and so I found that I would go from plus one stop when they were in the water – as much as minus two-thirds of a stop when they were flying it's time for time for some coffee so I am trying to get a composition that's pleasing and represents the place catch a little bit of that snow coming down I'm looking to add some elements to the shot so I'm fighting twigs and yet want the tree in the background as well so I'm not back to just a gray sky so there's something here some other element that can play with also think about what the picture is gonna look like at the end so I've already got it in my head I'm looking for better activities like contact some way to do something with the sky the big issue here is how do you isolate the bird and yet maintain some sense of the environment not lose it because there's so much white everywhere so my brains in the post process mode so I saw that there was so much detail there that I'd be able to pull some some of the detail out of the eyes and be able to build something from that background even though it looks great I think there's more to it than just the gray get yourself some goodies gear get out there and have an adventure [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] you

23 Replies to “Wildlife Photography Pro Tips #1–Winter Wildlife!”

  1. Hey, came across you at random. Thought would watch the vlog and decided to subscribe. Great to see you promote photography in any weather conditions. Photos excellent, will watch the other vlogs. Cheers from Australia

  2. Wonderful to see the effort that goes in to capture these superb images. The best usually come from being there and working the conditions. I am in awe of your work and your approach to capturing these images. Great work and thankyou for sharing. A small aside my father had your name Brian. My name is Clive Collins and I work my camera in New Zealand. Good luck.

  3. Great stuff! And I've gotta ask, is this near the Greater Yellowstone area? I swear this looks just like the Snake River near Ririe, Idaho. Love the weather and the shots!

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