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Wildlife Photography

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{Photography.23.1}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:10:06 EDT (HTML)

We have a topic for "The Natural Landscape," but, though wildlife is definitely a big part of the natural landscape, wildlife photography is a considerably different challenge. The landscape doesn't run away, for one thing! :-)

Whether you are a hunter or support hunting...or not...it is probably safe to say that it is harder to "hunt" with a camera/ Not so much because getting a picture is harder (although it can be hard enough), but because getting a good picture is harder.

It would be a little easier if wild critters were willing and able to cooperate when it comes to background and lighting and composition and the like...but...

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{Photography.23.2}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:27:09 EDT (HTML)

Since I live in the forest, and often carry my camera with me, I've been getting more opportunities to photograph wildlife.

Still want a better camera, with a good lens or three, and a decent tripod. It can be frustrating to be limited by a basic camera when the right equipment could make a decent shot a much better one.

One thing nice about box turtles is that they don't move fast!


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{Photography.23.3}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 19:30:07 EDT (HTML)

Rattlesnakes move a bit faster...but on a chilly day, they don't want to...


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{Photography.23.4}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:25:12 EDT (2 lines)

That turtle is a beautiful animal, and that's a nice shot. It looks
like a Sierra Club calendar photo ;-)

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{Photography.23.5}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:29:36 EDT (4 lines)

Kai - what size was that turtle?

Great photos - thanks for starting the topic.  So how about some of
the Galapagos turtles?

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{Photography.23.6}: {dianeh} Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:35:11 EDT (0 lines)
{erased by dianeh Sat, 26 Jun 2004 18:42:29 EDT}

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{Photography.23.7}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 01:37:27 EDT (HTML)

Where were you that you managed to get that pic?! That's neat.

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Here's one of my backyard critters. I spent nearly an entire compact flash card on this gal just to get one or two in focus . . .


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{Photography.23.8}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 02:16:20 EDT (HTML)

That is really beautiful.

What great color.

I know what it is like to take a lot of shots of a butterfly or moth to get one that works right. Wasn't such a problem with my SLR, but I still have some issues getting good close ups with my nothing-fancy digital.

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Perhaps not a favored bird, Diane, but grackles are beautiful. When the sun hits them just so...

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> Kai - what size was that turtle?

The shell was probably about seven inches long. We have a fair number of box turtles around here.

> Great photos - thanks for starting the topic. So how about some of
> the Galapagos turtles?

Thanks. I have scanned a number of pictures from the Galapagos, but, for some reason, none of the *tortoises,* yet.

I also have some night images I took of nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica that I ought to scan at the same time!

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{Photography.23.9}: GALE MCCULLOUGH {yeimaya} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 06:56:51 EDT (3 lines)

Hazel that knocked my socks off! It scrolled down just right too....
your words, then the tip of her wing (kind of dull), then wowie the
colors and textures.

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{Photography.23.10}: {dianeh} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 07:28:39 EDT (0 lines)
{erased by dianeh Sat, 26 Jun 2004 18:43:41 EDT}

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{Photography.23.11}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 07:29:19 EDT (1 line)

BTW, Hazel, your butterfly is gorgeous.

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{Photography.23.12}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 13:43:10 EDT (11 lines)

Thanks, you guys! (wish all my pics turned out like that one). The
thing that's interesting (and frustrating to photo) about that species
of butterfly is that all the color is one the underside of the wings.
The tops of the wings are just a dull brown. So you have to wait and
wait and wait and hope she puts them together at some point.

Diane, I love the dynamic upside down composition in that pic, and
the lilac pink/blue and brown color combination!

Moths are fun. I've got one on my CF card that I'll post a little
later.

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{Photography.23.13}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 13:53:00 EDT (2 lines)

I love the way the colors work together, Diane. For example, the purple hues in the
flowers, in the background and in the moth's eye.

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{Photography.23.14}: Which Hazel? {hazel2} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 14:27:30 EDT (5 lines)

I went back to look at the moth's eye - you're right, it's dark blue
violet! Cool.

Diane, what was the background - the sky? It's such a yummy color and
works so well with the rest of the photo.

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{Photography.23.15}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 17:59:23 EDT (10 lines)

I can't see the color of the moth's eye - maybe because I am on my
laptop - it's a large screen but maybe not bright enough?  I'll have
to remember to look at it when I am at work.  The background was the
screen (black mesh) of my screens in porch.  I was surprised how it
looked.  I was using the macro.  And the flowers are my butterfly
bush.

We get tons of monarch butterflies here (not in my yard but here at
the Cape) in the fall.  Maybe I'll be able to get some of them to
pose for me.

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{Photography.23.16}: {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:07:31 EDT (0 lines)
{erased by kai Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:08:08 EDT}

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{Photography.23.17}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:09:38 EDT (HTML)

Go for it!

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I've gotten a few lovely moths to cooperate with me lately.

Here's one:


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{Photography.23.18}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:12:33 EDT (HTML)

Another one:


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{Photography.23.19}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:16:21 EDT (HTML)

And finally...moth-wise:


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{Photography.23.20}: WOW! {elakin} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:31:00 EDT (0 lines)


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{Photography.23.21}: Cleophus {cleophus} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:31:40 EDT (4 lines)

I hate you guys! :-)
(OK, "jealousy" is a more appropriate term than "hate".)

Lots of GREAT pics here!

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{Photography.23.22}: Diane Hamilton {dianeh} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:35:59 EDT (1 line)

They are very cool.  I like the orange one the best.

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{Photography.23.23}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:38:48 EDT (1 line)

That's a beautiful insect. Wow!

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{Photography.23.24}: Kai Hagen {kai} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 20:43:56 EDT (HTML)

Silk moths are amazing.

Thanks, guys.

Me too, Diane...because of how it contrasts with the green and dark background. Actually too that one standing on our porch.

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{Photography.23.25}: Amanda Peck {amanda615} Tue, 05 Aug 2003 23:37:06 EDT (3 lines)

Your moths are wonderful, Kai.

I like the grackle. and the other moth and the butterfly.

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