Wildlife Photography: Finding the Perfect Backdrop With Patience

Wildlife photographers have a gift of patience that isn't always required in other photography genres. The key to a great shot is always finding a great backdrop, which can be difficult when your subjects are on the move. 

Trond Westby gives us a behind the scenes look into what it takes to get that shot when the conditions are not always in his favor. At the time of this shoot, the water level had decreased, and it was difficult for him to find a good spot to get low to the ground at eye level with his subjects. One of the most important takeaways from the video is the patience it takes to get the shot. He says that it is not about laying down, waiting for the bird to come on the perfect rock, for the perfect picture. Wildlife photography takes patience. He is working with an ISO of 640-800 and overexposing by 1.7 stops. Other things to consider for this type of photography is blending into the environment in order to not be seen by your subjects. If you are a hunter, you will know the importance of lessening your smell as well depending on the type of animal you are looking to photograph. 

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