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Wildlife photography!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Here are some of the wildlife-style photos I have captured this year. :) I call them wildlife-"style" since they were not actually captured in the wild. I tried to compose them in a way that hid the fact that they came from local zoos and aviaries. I hope you enjoy them! :)
All of the photographs were captured using Nikon P510. Click to view in higher resolution!

I hope you like them! :)

Tutorials on outdoor wildlife photography will soon find their way to this blog! Stay tuned :)

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Wildlife photography


Duck; close up :)
Duck; close up :)
Duck on water. Exposure was controlled so that the dirty water doesn't spoil the frame.
Duck on water. Exposure was controlled so that the dirty water doesn't spoil the frame.
A stag from up close. Made sure to keep artifacts out of the frame.
A stag from up close. Made sure to keep artifacts out of the frame.

A deer drinking water.
A deer drinking water.

A deer from up-close.
A deer from up-close.

Not exactly a wildlife shot. A crow bathing itself in the water to combat the heat.
Not exactly a wildlife shot. A crow bathing itself in the water to combat the heat.

A couple of deers.
A couple of deers.

A deer. I kept the wall subtle by controlling the exposure.
A deer. I kept the wall subtle by controlling the exposure.

Two goats captured with careful composition.
Two goats captured with careful composition.

An interesting shot of some crows with a deer.
An interesting shot of some crows with a deer.

A crow sits perched on a spotted deer.
A crow sits perched on a spotted deer.

A black bear from up-close.
A black bear from up-close.

A wolf looking out of its chamber in the zoo. I had only a few seconds to capture this sight.
A wolf looking out of its chamber in the zoo. I had only a few seconds to capture this sight.
The majestic look of an eagle.
The majestic look of an eagle.

A duck swimming half-submerged in the water.
A duck swimming half-submerged in the water.

Several flamingoes with some standing in their classic one-legged position.
Several flamingoes with some standing in their classic one-legged position.
A lioness sitting in the green.
A lioness sitting in the green.

A towering giraffe.
A towering giraffe.

A giraffe seen from up-close.
A giraffe seen from up-close.

An ostrich captured in a quick fleeting moment.
An ostrich captured in a quick fleeting moment.

An ostrich closeup shot.
An ostrich closeup shot.

[How to] EASILY capture great photos of sunrise and sunset! Tips from an expert.



(NOTE: This tutorial is intentionally kept concise and easy as I believe that focusing too much on the technical aspects kills the art and creativity of photography. Use the tips below and you'll soon learn to take great photos with ease and confidence! :) )
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Why Photograph Sunrise and Sunset

Putting it in a nutshell, sunrise and sunset are among the best times to take photographs. The dim, diffused light at these times is highly suited to photography! :)


How to easily capture awesome photos of sunrise and sunset:

Here are some handy tips for taking great photographs of sunrise and sunset. They're easy and you can follow them even if you're a novice! :)

(Professional and serious photographers; do not take offense at the simplicity of the instructions and the nontraditional approach to exposure and saturation. All I want is to make it easy for everyone. :) )

Camera settings tips:

  1. Reduce the exposure manually: You don't have to be a geek to understand this. :P Just fiddle with the EV control and don't bother with shutter speed and aperture unless you're fully comfortable with these settings. Reduce the EV a couple of steps and you'll have much better saturation, details and lighting.
  2. Select Daylight or Cloudy WB: Select daylight or cloudy white balance manually (even if it isn't cloudy at all! ) Your photos will acquire a orange/yellow tint that will really make it pleasing. (Check out my guide to understanding and using white balance here )
  3. Increase the saturation manually: You'll have deeper colors if you increase the saturation. However, make sure you don't overdo it. 
  4. If you have a professional camera, the settings recommended for taking photos at sunrise and sunset are as below.
Sunrise & Sunset 

Mode
Aperture Priority Mode (Av)
ISO
100
F/stop
f/11 (Middle range f-number)

 You may be tempted to try an ISO greater than 100 for better exposure; however, it will produce much more noise and desaturated colors. For capturing the best photos of sunrise and sunset, I advice that you stick to ISO100.

Photo composition tips:

  1. Don't always centralize the sun: You don't need to keep the sun in the center of the frame all the time. It creates a really classy feel if you knock the sun off the center! :) Try the rule of thirds on it for great results.
  2. Try creating silhouettes: Try to create silhouette photographs at sunrise or sunset, they really rock in deep orange background! :) Raising the contrast will make it easier.
  3. Add a foreground object: Throw in a foreground object in any corner of the frame and you'll make your shot much more appealing.


Here's one of my sunset photographs. You can see some more here.

Beautiful, dreamy sunset with clouds and a couple of birds
A truly dreamy sunset with a beautiful formation of clouds and couple of birds.


Using these tips, you can easily capture great photos of sunset and sunrise even if you are a novice. I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful! :)

3 beautiful sunset photos :)

Hey there! :)
Here are 3 of my sunset shots from last year - click to view them in full size! :)

(All of these shots were captured using a Nikon P510.)



(Want to take photos like this? For some tips on how to EASILY take great sunset/sunrise shots, check out this tutorial:
http://www.hasaan.com/2014/08/how-to-easily-take-great-photos-sunset-sunrise.html

It'll also help to know more about manual white balance selection in order to take great shots.
http://www.hasaan.com/2013/12/white-balance-comprehensive-guide.html )


A truly dreamy sunset with a beautiful formation of clouds and couple of birds.

The glorious, setting sun and a lone bird...

A beautiful sunset silhouette with some trees and a lonely sparrow.

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