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Bottlenose acrobatics

Bottlenose acrobatics
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Bruz December 27, 2014
Wow!! Awesome capture

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Bay of Islands in New Zealand (North Island) while I was there on holiday.
Time
It is taken mid morning, around 10am I believe (too busy observing wildlife to take note of the time to be honest).
Lighting
The glourious sun - natural day light!
Equipment
I used my Canon EOS 600D with Canon EFS 55-250mm lens. No tripod, no flash. Just hand held action.
Inspiration
I love nature and observing wildlife in their natural environment. Cetaceans fascinate me and I was lucky enough to capture them put on a show while on a dolphin tour when visiting New Zealand.
Editing
Post processing was done in iphoto (didn't shoot in RAW as my camera is too slow to do so when using continuous shooting mode) - did a wee bit of cropping and just changed the pic to black and white. Decided to go for black and white due to the glare from the sun. Also gave the photo a more dramatic touch
In my camera bag
This really depends on what I'm doing. If I'm out and about in the city I tend to just pack the only DSLR I presently own, the Canon EOS 600D and my nifty fifty 50mm/1.8 Canon lens. However, if I know I'm setting out to catch wildlife I always pack my 55-250mm lens so I can get close up shots. If it's going to be a chill landscape day the 18-55mm lens and tripod come along. If it's travel and adventure time all 3 lenses are in the bag as well as the tripod and my waterproof case.
Feedback
The best way to get up close to wildlife in unfamiliar territory is getting up at the crack of dawn and going out with a tour/guide. That way you are bound to get as close as possible to the critters and get some good shots. The experience alone is always worth the money even if you don't manage to get good photos out of it. If you're going to take photos of animals that are always on the move (i.e. dolphins jumping, birds swooping, etc) in areas where you are not in control of the light (i.e. on a moving boat) then I'd recommend shooting in Tv mode so that you get consistent exposure in your shots. Otherwise manual is always the way to go. Autofocus is also a must in order to avoid having your main subject out of focus. Don't forget to take a moment away from the camera to just enjoy the shear presence and beauty of the amazing animals in their gorgeous habitat. Happy snapping!

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