Equipment: EOS 60D EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
EXIF: 200mm f/4.5 1/40sec ISO 250
Capturing wildlife requires a lot of patience and some amount of quick thinking. While you can get a lot of snapshots once you spot an animal, you need to think on your feet to figure out what you wish to highlight, and that’s what I would call ‘making a shot’.
While covering Times Passion Trail in Kaziranga, we came across a fully-grown male rhino in the thick of the forest – he had ostensibly lost an eye in one of the battles of territory or claim over female. Now that we had figured that out, the task was to capture an image ensuring the lost eye is clearly visible. Sunlight was coming from his left while the lost eye was his right one. Naturally, he was not going to pose for us!
So, Let’s See How I Made The Shot (Travel Photography – Wildlife):
So, I kept aside the full-frame Canon 5D Mark III body, pulled out my Canon 60D APSC body (so my 70-200mm lens would actually act as 112-320mm), cranked up the ISO (parts of jungle can be really dark even in broad daylight), narrowed the aperture to f/4.5 as I wanted some focus on the habitat too, and waited for the right moment when the ambient light would illuminate the right side of his face. While grazing, he gave us a short window when the ambient light lit up the right of his face. And that’s when this shot was made.
This post is meant to provide an insight on Travel Photography – Wildlife for Travel/Wildlife enthusiasts.