Photographing Wild Animals





It is not easy to photograph wild animals after you have found them, but

you can do it if you are quick to see and to act and are also patient

enough to wait for a good opportunity. You will often find deer feeding

in sunlit places and can, if you stalk them carefully, approach near

enough to get a good shot. If they happen to be in partial or light

shadow, open the diaphragm of your camera at its widest stop and try for

an instantaneous exposure. Very good photographs are sometimes taken by

that method, and it is worth the experiment where time exposures are out

of the question, as in taking moving animals. A snap-shot will be of no

avail if the shadow is heavy, however, and a short time exposure may

sometimes be used. Set your time lever at No. 1, which means one second,

and the lever controlling the diaphragm at No. 16, and by pressing the

bulb once you will have a time exposure of one second. An important

thing for you to realize in taking animal photographs is the fact that

though the creature may seem quite near as you see it with your natural

eye, in the picture it will occupy only the relative space that it does

on the finder. If it covers a quarter of the space on the finder it will

cover a quarter, no more and no less, of the finished photograph.



The wonderful pictures we see of wild animals are usually the work of

professionals who have especially adapted cameras; but to take the

photograph oneself makes even a poor one of more value.





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