Living out in the countryside I often come across wildlife and enjoy photographing it. However wildlife, being annoyingly paparazzi shy, can often freeze or go to ground so I have devised a few rules which I use to obtain amazing action shots which I will now share with you. Recently I spied a male pheasant on the road as I drove home and I proceeded as follows:
First I braked suddenly. I then went into a fast reverse, narrowly missing said bird. I leapt from the still running car yelling…
This surprising behaviour is necessary in that it serves to spur the animal into acting naturally ie. running away rather than hanging about in a boring pose. I then chased after the bird, snapping wildly~with my camera, not my teeth, though that’s only a personal preference~and continuing to yell..
Other phrases such as…
“Come back you stupid bird, I only want a photograph!” can also be used.
The resulting photographs so captured the raw panic of life in the wild that I used these photos to create these marvellously realistic paintings of the pheasant in its natural state. As you can see from these pictures, a measured, thought out approach provides amazing results…Two of the above pictures are still available at my Etsy shop…
Note:The above procedures should not be carried out by…anyone really.
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