Just 14 more days and I’ll be boarding a plane on my way to Queensland, Australia! Oh my gosh!
It’s still so hard to believe! I’m so excited I can hardly sleep! Just take a look at the amazing itinerary and you’ll understand why! 🙂
Day five of the trip is a choice between the following adventures and I’m still having trouble making up my mind which I’d love more:
-learning ancient art techniques and hunting and gathering skills from local Indigenous tribes
-kayaking along pristine coastline and zipping through the trees in the Daintree rainforest
-coming face to face with Australia’s cute (and not-so-cute) native animals
-taking to the skies, saddling up a wild steed, and finishing off with a trip down the river rapids.
Don’t they all sound amazing? What one would you choose?
I can only imagine what exciting things I’ll see and experience in Australia, but I know one thing I’m really looking forward to is seeing some of the native animals! When we were living on the island of Sint Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean just 6 months, as a photographer, the experience was filled with so many amazing photo opportunities!
One of the things I enjoyed photographing the most were the local animals. My kids were fascinated by the wildlife we were able to see and I loved photographing some of the living creatures we came into contact with.
Photographing wildlife is a far cry from the photography work I’m used to. I’ve had to learn a few things along the way, but it’s been so much fun and today I wanted to share five things I’ve found helpful when it comes to photographing wildlife.
4. When photographing animals try to choose backgrounds that make them standout. In these situations you can’t pick up your subject and move them to a more ideal location, but with a quick change in vantage point you can also change the background of your image. For the image of the starfish above I first took the photo of my daughter holding it in front of her colourful bathing suit. The starfish was a little lost among the bold colours so by switching to an angle from above the subject I was able to use the neutral sand and water as a backdrop allowing the starfish to really pop. Adjusting your camera angle in even the most subtle way can be the difference between a OK photo and a phenomenal one. Try standing up, laying down, tilting the camera up or down, to the left or to the right. Play around until you find what works.
5. Try telling a story about the subject in your image. Try showcasing the size of the animal you’re photographing. To do this you’ll need to include something in your photograph that shows size relationship. A tiny caterpillar on a leaf, a big tarantula next to someone’s foot. Take images of animals interacting with each other, eating the foods they like to eat, grooming, etc. Images that tell a story about the animal or provide information about its habits, where it lives, etc. are interesting and leave us wanting to learn more about these amazing creatures.
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