Posts tagged “Animal photography

Unintentional

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I try hard not to frighten my subjects as I want to a get a good photograph, and I don’t want to stress animals already under threat.


Not Godzilla

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Snapping turtles are a sight to be seen, sometimes they can be a little scary.


Red Squirrel

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Too young to be cautious, it stayed, posed, then carried on with its quest.


Angry Turtle

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Why do turtles always look angry? 


Turtle

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Turtles have a way of sticking their necks out.


Can’t Hide from the Camera

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This leopard frog is like so many animals that try to hide and are not exactly successful.


On Guard

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I expect that had I walked another step the dog might have reacted. As it was he looked a little tired.


It Knows

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Why are cats so suspicious?


What Ya Eating?

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Ever notice how chipmunks hide their food while they eat it. Staring at you like you’ll steal it.


Chipmunk

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Cute and hungry.


Scruffy (Two Photographs)

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Urban squirrels are a great deal more wary of people than those I see in the forest. So when Scruffy sat for its portrait, I was quite pleased.


Distortion

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Reflections help in photography, distortions on the other hand can be a problem. The frog is partially submerged but we don’t really see the water so the distortion is a bit unusual, possibly eye-catching.


Moving Forward

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Turtles always seem to me to be going somewhere, even when it’s just the end of the log to get some sun.


Chipmunk

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This chipmunk was slightly less skittish than most, probably believing in the protection of the underbrush. I usually back off rather then advance on animals, or stand still for a while to prove I am not an enemy. It works some of the time.


Squirrel

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Anthropomorphism, where we ascribe human traits to animals, especially expressions, is common and something a photographer can leverage. Looks of surprise never hurt.


Frog

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This week I thought I would try to do a week in black and white. I usually do photos in both colour and black and white which I find interesting. But I want to hone my skills in black and white. I have always loved black and white photography, but it was not until the digital age that I have had the option to really get into it.


That Chipmunk -3 (Two Photographs)

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Being completely oblivious to the camera and the large thing behind it, the chipmunk just gets on with things, including striking some amusing poses. I was told when I was very young that standing still and silent would make animals more comfortable with my presence and it has proven true over the years. Unfortunately, as nature parks are increasingly hosting bicycles, runners, dogs and noisy parties it will be necessary to go further afield in years to come.


That Chipmunk 2 (Three Photographs)

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Young animals are often trusting and oblivious to danger. Sad but true. On the other hand with owls, muskrats etc. I have had some excellent photographic opportunities due to their naiveté. It’s worth noting that feeding young animals human food or the wrong type of food  is particularly bad.


That Chipmunk (Three Photographs)

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I have a thing about keeping the number of photos in my posts to three. This is the first of a series on this one young chipmunk, with two increasingly interesting sets of photographs to follow.


Squirrels (Two Photographs)

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I think it’s safe to say that squirrels are only one of a few animals that pose. Perhaps beg would be a better word. However many codes of conduct for nature photography are very clear that we should not feed them. So I prefer to think of them as posing as it eases my guilt.


Tree Frog (Two Photographs)

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Cute little frog but unfortunately small and somewhat skittish. I say unfortunately as everything around it in the bush was bigger. It’s great when you can show scale and relative size of something in a photo, but it is not always possible.


Garter Snake (Two Photographs)

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I see the occasional garter snake, usually just. Glance their way and they move away rapidly. They are not dangerous, though I was advised by a student who was studying them that they do bite. We have no poisonous or venomous snakes in our area, only water snakes and these garters; these are our most beautiful.


A Turtle Approaches (Two Photographs)

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I was taking a photograph of the duck against the flotsam, thinking it was interesting. The duck was distracted by my presence and the turtle was getting closer. I figured I should leave not wanting to be part of any subsequent problems. When I processed the photograph in black and white I gave it a sort of old time contrasty look.


Frog Heaven (Two Photographs)

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It is harder than it looks to get two subjects far apart in focus, in this case I used F22 as an aperture, something I seldom do as it has some consequences for image quality. I try to avoid situations like this because 90% of the photos end up not working because of focus issues. But sometimes you can’t resist trying.