‘To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.’ —Henri Cartier-Bresson
It takes a great amount of patience to photograph wildlife. Animals don’t always do what you expect them to do—but, if you get lucky, you could end up capturing a beautiful authentic moment.
However, luck is the result of a lot of hard work and preparation.
Once you have a subject in mind you will need to think about their behaviour and habits. Where does your subject live? What time of day are they most active? How do they move and how fast?
What type of lens will you use? Which camera settings do you think will work best? Will you use a tripod or shoot handheld? Plan all of this beforehand to make sure you are ready when the perfect moment comes!
Capturing a great wildlife picture is a lot like hunting, except that you’re shooting with a camera, and what you’re bringing home are beautiful images.
The challenge this week is to find and capture ‘wildlife’ photos.
This can be achieved in many different ways. It can be your family dog, the squirrel in your local park, or even some animals from your local zoo. Remember to be patient and keep an eye out for the perfect moment.
The top 10 submissions will be carefully chosen by the ExpertPhotography team and then shared with a trusted group of photographers who will decide on the winner.
You only have 7 days to submit your entry, so get out there and start shooting!
Not sure exactly where and how to start?
No worries — check out these blog posts to get some inspiration:
Bird Photography Basics: How to Take Great Photos of Birds
10 Simple Steps to Better Wildlife Photography
Upload your images
Using the Disqus comment box below this post, upload your photo to be entered into the competition. Submission deadline is Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time).
- Must be following ExpertPhotography on Facebook to be entered
- Pictures must be your own
- Please do not submit any photos older than 1 year
- This competition is restricted to US and UK residents only
- Please read the complete competition terms and conditions here
The winner will become the proud owner of either the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM or the Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 D AF prime lens, depending on which camera body you have.
Curious about how great these lenses are?
Check out the video reviews here:
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens review
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF lens review