Wider angle bird and wildlife shots becoming more popular ???

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Fishchris Veteran Member • Posts: 6,059
Wider angle bird and wildlife shots becoming more popular ???

This is a weird one for me. I can't help but think of the phrase, "I meant to do that" ! lol

Here's the thing, for as long as I've shot birds and wildlife, I've struggled to get that creature up close enough for fantastic detail... And allow people to see that creature closer than they almost ever would in real life.

Now, I totally understand that in some scenes / outdoor places, the environment can be a big part of the story. Then one should probably consider how blurred they really want the background to be as well.

But IMPO, its just a lot easier to shoot wider, and not have to try so hard to get close to the subject. Or should I say, to me it feels like an anti-challenge.

I always shoot with a 150-600mm zoom lens, and in crop mode, so it usually stays pegged at 960mm, and then, if I'm lucky, I won't feel like it needs much more cropping. For me, the challenge would be, to remember I can actually back WAAY out, to show a lot more of the environment... and some people might love such a shot ?

I think for myself, I will always want to see that creature up close, in my face to begin with. Then, if I think I've done as well as I can with that, I might try to take a much wider shot as a, "Oh btw, it was in a really beautiful area too" kind of shot.

Your thoughts ?

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