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I'm a Cairns, far north Queensland, Australia professional photographer specialising in travel, editorial and environmental portraiture.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Critters doing something

I'm probably the last person in the world to be giving advice about wildlife photography! I mean, as a generalist travel photographer, I just tend to point at whatever moves with a long lens when I see it. OK, maybe I'm oversimplifying it a bit but wildlife photography really is an incredibly difficult specialty all to itself.

That being said I often find that pictures of animals are a lot more interesting if they're actually doing something. Straight portraits become a bit tedious after the 50th shot of an otherwise undistinguished giraffe.

Unless she's bending down to drink. By the time I took this photograph I had been in Africa for about 8 months and had not seen a single giraffe drinking.

It was late evening at Etosha National Park in Namibia and it was getting towards pack up and go home time (the campsite gates close at sundown). A couple of giraffes wandered up to this waterhole and I was quite excited because obvious they were coming for a drink.

So I sat there and waited while they looked around for any predators before nervously making their way down to take a sip. And there was my giraffe perfectly reflected in the still water of the waterhole. It was worth the 8 months wait. Very ungainly, but at the same time graceful. No special technique here, just a 75-300mm zoom, focus and wait.


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