The Natural World


“Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be aliveWildlife photographers may also need fieldcraft skills. Because some animals and birds are frightened, knowing their behaviour helps predict their actions. Photographing some animals may require stalking or a hide or blind for disguise.

Indian pond heron : Birds are God’s natural drones.

Mayna : The bird carries the sky on his back.

Indian runner duck :  Birds of a feather will gather together.

Purple heron : Hazy crazy days.

Some species of animals require specialised gear, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for birds, and underwater cameras for marine life. Knowing animals well can help generate great wildlife photos.Bird photography is challenging. Many beginners think they need an expensive camera and lenses to capture birds. The greatest cameras and lenses perform better in low light, but this isn’t everything.To photograph wild birds, you need a camera, a long lens, and a solid tripod. Once you’re comfortable, use your camera and lens free-hand. Using a tripod improves photography, especially composition.

Aulacophora : Keep close to nature’s heart.

Grasshopper : Tis the season to be jolly.

Dragonfly : Today’s been the best day.

Chinese grasshopper : Life is tough but so am I.

Insects are little and detailed, necessitating close photography. Use a macro lens to get the best results. Tripod and reflector are also helpful.Macro photography’s sharp focus zone is often a few millimetres deep. Autofocus focuses the whole subject. After locking the focus, we rock back and forth to determine the final focus point.We take images whenever possible. We have a lightweight, folding camp stool or a 9-inch-high collapsible plastic step stool. These allow us to brace the camera on our knees while filming.


All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Jinto Abraham , Kottayam , Kerala Creative Hut Institute of Photography. Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

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