MaggieClaire
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MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic May 17, 2016
Love this shot! Voted in Pink, Wet, and Wildlife.
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MickAlicic June 06, 2016
Good luck in Vol22 Contest!
Treecy
 
Treecy October 02, 2016
Terrific shot...love it!!!
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edrobson March 09, 2017
Beautiful.
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eelcovanroden May 23, 2017
Congratulations on your Challenge Award!
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edrobson May 23, 2017
Great shot. Congrats on the win!
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tmtburke May 24, 2017
Great image, Congratulations on your win.

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on my second trip to the San Antonio Zoo. I had just gotten my first lens with a longer zoom range, and I wanted to try it out.
Time
I got to the zoo early that day. It was in the early spring around 10:00. The flamingos were very active, since the day hadn't warmed up yet. Also, the light was perfect!
Lighting
When using natural lighting, there's not much that you can control. Add wildlife as subjects, and your photo shoot is almost completely uncontrollable. I like to shoot natural lighting when the sunlight is diffused by clouds or trees. It's not harsh on your subject matter's features. If that's not an option, then I try to have the sunlight behind me.
Equipment
For this image I used a Canon Rebel t6i with a Sigma 70-300mm lens.
Inspiration
I was actually taking photos of three other flamingos that were competing over a female. While I was focusing on them, I heard the sounds of water splashing beside me. When this bathing flamingo caught my eye, I knew that it would be a cool shot. I decided to attempt to catch the water droplets careening off the flamingo's body. Timing the shoot for that moment when his head came out of the water took a few tries. When I finally snapped this image, I just knew that I'd taken a winner before I even checked. I loved the way the water drops cascaded down the flamingo's neck. I couldn't wait to get home to my computer!
Editing
I did some minimal cropping to adjust the perspective of the shot and some color enhancement.
In my camera bag
I travel with my Canon Rebel t6i and 4 lenses: a Canon 18-135mm with a Polaroid telephoto wide angle lens attached, a Sigma 70-300mm lens with macro capabilities, and a Tamron Sp 150-600. The Tamron is a recent acquisition that has quickly become my "go to" wildlife shooting lens.
Feedback
When working with wildlife shots, be patient, be aware of your surroundings, and develop fast reflexes! Shooting at the zoo is a wonderful way to practice all of these skills, since the animals are typically used to people being close to them. Anticipate your shot, and I'd suggest putting your camera on a continuous shoot setting. That way you can take multiple photos without having to refocus, and you'll have a better chance of catching fast action images.

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