Wildlife Photography Tips

Have you ventured onto #dartmoor during the summer? If you're lucky enough, you might bump into a magnificient animal. With horns as long as a man's arm and a long coat resembling a Wolly Mammoth, I am of course talking about the fabulous #Highlandcattle.

Descended from the now extinct Aurochs, the Highland cattle have been a resident of Dartmoor National Park for over 150 years. With herds ranging all over the park, they are bred for milk, beef and some are kept as pets!

Whilst out on a walk I couldn't resist some #groundphotography of these magnificent creatures. Using our #Canon equipment, I shot these pictures using a 24 - 70mm 2.8 L and a 70 - 200mm 2.8L. These lenses give us real flexibility with composition, especially when capturing a backdrop or focusing on the subject.

These lenses allow for a large aperture, thus making the image extremely sharp. However, if you want to capture some photos you really don't need top of the range equipment. With good light, most cameras will capture detailed shots.

I will be writing blogs on #photography composition because it is a crucial factor in what makes an attractive picture. The above images use three different types of composition, more detail in this link.

The top photo uses the golden ratio. The golden ratio is a mathematical calculation that is part of the Fibonacci sequence and is seen throughout nature, not just in photography. Imagine a spiral that leads you through the picture to the main subject.

You can see the a curved, white line that flows through the picture, ending up on the main subject. This allows the viewer's eyes to travel through the picture.

The second picture is a portrait, centred in the middle with a blurred background. This is an excellent way of making sure the subject is the only focus for the viewer.

The third image uses the rule of thirds, The rule of thirds is a simple way of putting a subject to one side, leaving space for context. You can see that the cow is to the right of the shot with it's environment shown to the left.

Why not explore Dartmoor this summer and take a camera along, even the camera on your phone. When trying to take good pictures, you'll be more focused on what's around you and at one with the natural environment around you.

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