Photo Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved Every once in a while, someone writes in asking what my wildlife photography workflow looks like. This is something that I just intuitively do now, but I thought about it and sketched out (as best I could) what that looks like. If you’re interested in shooting […]

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Image and Post by Rick Sammon – Follow Rick Sammon on Twitter Portraits of animals are fun to take. By portraits, I mean an image in which the subject is basically at rest. However, showing animal behavior is often more interesting. The picture on the right is a behavioral picture. It’s much more interesting than […]

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I’m continuing my tip series with some new wildlife shooter tips. a. Stay downwind of your target. Many animals have superior sense of smell. If they catch your scent you could either become prey or more likely, scare them off. b. Approach animals slowly. Collapse your tripod when approaching. The fully extended tripod with legs […]

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I posted tips on shooting wildlife last week. I mentioned that I often shoot in Shutter Priority Mode. Jason asked in our comments section why I didn’t shoot in Manual Mode and I thought that question would make for a good blog post.

Before I got my first D3, I used to shoot wildlife in Aperture Priority Mode. This was designed to give me both a shallow depth-of-field (which helps make a nice background, isolating the animal) but also defaults to the fastest shutter speed available for any given ISO.

The problem is that the fastest shutter speed for any given ISO might not be fast enough. That’s because prior to the D3, ISO above 800 was rarely good enough for me to be happy with the 17 inch by 22 inch prints I’d make on my Epson 3800. Continue reading

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Copyright Scott Bourne 2008 – All Rights Reserved

Careful readers of this blog know that I am primarily a wildlife photographer. I am working on a revised edition of my book, “88 Secrets to Wildlife Photography” which I co-wrote with Rod Barbee.

Here are some of the tips you’ll find in the old and the new book.

1. Always be ready for an animal encounter. Wherever you live, chances are there are animals nearby you can photograph. Be aware of local species. Do research to find out which kinds of animals frequent your area and when they are nearby.

2. Always carry a 300 to 400mm lens with your camera. You never know when you’ll get a chance to make a wildlife image. And you can’t make that image unless you have a reasonably long lens and camera nearby at all times. Continue reading

#1 Bosque del Apache, New Mexico is my number one wildlife hotspot. 18 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico. More than 300 species of birds migrate to the Bosque each year. #2 Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, WY is home to bears, buffalo, pronghorn sheep, moose, birds and more. Watch out for overbearing park […]

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NOTE: Videos now on SmugMug

As promised, here is a final recap of my Alaska bear trip containing the entire diary, links to videos on Vimeo, links to behind the scenes images on Flickr and links to the final images on Photrade. This is ongoing. I haven’t even had time to process all the images/video yet so monitor these links if you’re interested in seeing more. I won’t be talking about it here on the blog again in the event that some folks may be getting tired of hearing about it.

Link to behind the scenes photos on Flickr…

Link to Photrade bear portfolio…

Link to Vimeo videos…

Photo Gear on Location

Video of Packing for Alaska

Video Diary

The complete text diary…

Photo by Scott Bourne

Photo by Scott Bourne

NOTE: You might want to read my original post about this trip to better understand what this is all about. Also, the bear in this photo was located in Denali National Park. It’s a standard Alaskan Grizzly. The bears we’re shooting in Geographic harbor are larger.
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