18 Photographers Share Their Incredible Stories on Nature and Wildlife Photography
“The appeal of the wild lies in its unpredictability. You have to trust yourself and think on your feet.”
The Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya is one of my favourite places to photograph wildlife. On a recent trip, I encountered a large herd of wildebeest. It so happened that while I was busy photographing them, I noticed one particular wildebeest who had stopped dead in its path. Not wanting to lose the moment, I decided to break all convention and shoot using a slow shutterspeed, to convey the movement in the image.
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure: 1/6sec at f/11, ISO 2000
Letting the Animal Dictate the Interaction
When you’re shooting wildlife, ensure that when you come face to face with an animal, don’t ever approach them directly or stare them in the eye. This is a confrontational move, and they will automatically perceive you as a threat. Instead, be patient and let them get comfortable in your presence and come to you.