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Submit a photograph of a large animal in the wild. These will typically be taken with long telephoto lenses.
Thursday, 21st July, 2011 (GMT)
Thursday, 28th July, 2011 –
Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011
Thursday, 4th August, 2011 –
Wednesday, 10th August, 2011
- Minimal post-processing. This challenge is mainly an exercise in straight photography.
- Fast telephoto lenses are usually required: 300mm or longer on a 35mm camera is typical.
- Avoid blur -- typically use a shutter speed double the equivalent 35mm focal length of the lens. You may need to boost your ISO setting.
- Dawn and dusk are usually the best times to see wildlife, but this makes photography all the more difficult.
- Be extremely patient.
- Learn about the habits and habitats of the wildlife in your region. Ask local experts such as naturalists, hunters, or park rangers.
- Stay hidden from the animals; shooting from a prone position or from an automobile is recommended. Stepping out of an automobile will often spook an animal.
- Car windows can screen you from wildlife, and the window edge can be used to stabilize your camera.
- Be very quiet.
- Don't approach the animal, causing them to flee. Use a long lens or wait for the animal to come to you.
- Note: future challenges in this series will focus on small animal macro shots and bird photography.
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