Another picture of a white tailed eagle
So this weekend I’ve been to a workshop at Nordens Ark in Sweden photographing a wide array of animals. Nordens Ark is a zoo and breeding facility which houses most of the threatened species of the northern parts of the world. The enclosures are big and very natural, and the staff are really helpful and knowledgable. The trip was done with the norwegian nature photography magazine “Natur&Foto” and we were accompanied by the legend himself Tom Svensson who is the resident photographer and one of the worlds best nature photographers.
It was Tom that thought the group a technique he’s quite known for which can create a mystical effect in pictures. I thought I would share the knowledge with you guys in the best way I can and show my end results.
The technique uses the first morning light coming through either clouds, forests or similar lighting conditions, so it’s crucil to be ready when this light start coming through. The entire point is to create an image where the animals face is lit up by the sun and the background becomes dark & eerie. To acheive this the only thing you need to do is reduce your exposure to -2 or -3 and wait for the animal to step into that little pool of light you want it too. I found that when looking at the cameras LCD-screen I thought it was too dark, but once it came on the computer it was too bright and I needed to reduce it more. In editing what you do is raise the highlights so that the animal will pop a bit more in the picture. I love this effect and I promise I’ll try using it alot more in my photos (if I can get up that early :P)
I tried this technique on two animals; a stationary lynx and a moving amur leopard. Here are the results and as always let me know what you think🙂
PS. If you use this technique I would love to see your work as I love it myself🙂
So I took this picture of a juvenile whooper swan recently and I hought it looked really generic in color and the harsh sunlight didn’t help much either. I decided I’d try making it into a black & white picture instead and it went from ordinary to full of emotions. Its funny how great of a diference a picture can have when you turn it into black & white.
I’m not especially inerested in small birds, but due to an online challenge I decided to give photographing them a try. I was lucky and found 5 different species all in the same day, but they didn’t seem to want me too close and it was a challenge approaching them.
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