The Moment T. Masters of Animal
Sometimes it is necessary to know to fight against the generally accepted ideas. Much of enters you perhaps think that animal photography is a simple thing, that it is enough to walk with a camera and that the things will be done alone. They is false!
Let us take an example.
By a beautiful day of summer you decide to benefit from the beauty of nature to do photography or to photograph animals in their natural environment. If you want to make the things seriously envisage several apparatuses. This kind of picture proves the need for having a second apparatus ready to start. Without that Julie Hunt would never have succeeded in carrying out this photograph
and publishing it on her facebook page with this comment: “I can see my nuts. ”
While you settle it may be that extraordinary things occur in front of your objective.
Events or situations which will not reproduce during hours. Of course as you were not ready you did not fix these rare moments. And when finally you are in place plus nothing does not pass. More nothing lasting the hours. As you are a civilized person you wash yourselves. You use can be a toilet water or after shaving and the smell which you release modifies your environment. Certain animals have a sense of smell much more significant than ours. They feel you and they disappear…
First rule: be always ready to start. An animal surprised in nature can have an astonishing reaction.
Often the animals will be as intrigued as you by your presence and this large black eye which looks at them. (Your objective). For certain pictures your material does the work, the force of certain photo comes from a feeling of proximity with the animal and the enlargement through the objective gives an unusual dimension to many images. But even in the small world of the people of grass, even if certain devices make it possible to detect an animal which approaches the objective and to start automatically, even here it is necessary to know to locate the Moment T and to start without waiting.
But neither front nor afterwards, just at the good moment. It can be a question of a confrontation, of an improbable meeting, an animal which leaves its hiding-place and which can go back there. This fish found a framework which seems to be appropriate to him, but it becomes visible for the predatory ones and cannot be delayed a long time.
Sometimes the animals seem to take the installation, profit !
Certain fast situations can oblige you to use a device of development automatic or to start by using the delay shoot. To seize all the nuances of the colours and to have well contrasted images if the light lack open your focal distances. You must always know why you start. The colour can be sometimes the reason.
The posture and the colour can also combine.
An eye exerted reference mark quickly original situations.
The glance of an animal towards you can sometimes be enough. Even an animal which really does not look at towards you can give this impression, seize the occasion! You must be with the mounting of the least reflection and the situations which generate effects of mirror. Water must become your allied.
Gradually you must learn how to melt you in the environment to seize rare and beautiful moments, amusing and strange. To enter the intimacy of the wild animals is never simple. You camouflage, walk in front of the wind, the large deer especially and their preys are very often being wary. In many situations you will be far and you will have to dissimulate objectives from 300 to 800 mm
which are long, heavy and cumbersome.
It is necessary to tally, do not forget that to compose a picture to form a harmonious whole of various parts. Leave space in front of your subjects. Take account of the colours in the composition of your picture.
A photograph can be only one moment, that a set of lines, that an effect of lighting, that the assembly of values or
colours composing an abstract painting.
To carry out a suitable composition it is necessary to take account of 4 concepts. The unicity of the subject: it is never good to treat several topics in only one image. It is necessary to respect a hierarchy between the various elements present in the image, the essential subject must be emphasized and not weakened by the presence of the secondary elements.
Asymmetrical balance : to place the principal subject in the center of framing is not the proof of an artistic temperament. The image without is surprised and poetry. Comply with the rule of the thirds, as in painting, and place your subjects on one of the 4 naturals points of interests delimited by the rule of the thirds. The feeling of depth: the staging of various plans strongly contributes to the success of a photograph. The spectator must have the feeling of a relief with 3 dimensions, the various elements of the composition will be thus the ones in front of the others as in reality.
The harmony: a composition is harmonious when the various elements which take part in it are balanced inside framing while proposing a certain variety in their localization and their relative importance.
A last thing, locate the modes and the tendencies. One of the tendencies of the animal photography of these last years is in the situations but also in the postures where the animals refer to human feelings voluntarily or not.