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How could my camera resist a shot? So peaceful and oblivious to the outside world.

How could my camera resist a shot? So peaceful and oblivious to the outside world.
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Eggers
 
Eggers October 06, 2016
Cute! :-D
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken at the Perth Zoo. I had just bought my camera and done a zoo trip for the purpose of learning how to use it. I do not have any previous experience other than a few snap shots using a disposable camera. Boy do I have a lot to learn.

Time

I had been at the zoo most of the day taking photos of various animals and this gorgeous Koala was one of the last animals I saw. She was peacefully sleeping in the late afternoon and quite oblivious to my presence. I couldn't resist zooming in and capturing what I thought was a pretty darn good picture given that she didn't move and co-operated perfectly while I shot away. I love taking natural photos of wildlife and any animal I can get focused in my lens.

Lighting

Fortunately for me I didn't need to panic about the light as the sun had dropped behind the trees and the light was perfect. (I am still learning about lighting and the usefulness of having it just right.)

Equipment

I use my hand held Nikon Coolpix 900. I did not use a tripod as I seem to fight with it every time I try to use it but I will master it eventually.. I like to have my subject fill the whole frame and so focus as close as I can using the zoom and include as little of the background as possible and at the same time include the whole of the subject. I dislike heads and ears and feet missing because as a viewer I feel the whole picture has not been presented.

Inspiration

My inspiration comes from seeing all the beautiful photos of animals on Viewbug and wanting to create my own photos to share and enjoy. Koalas are normally hidden in among the leaves of the tree and viewing is often very obstructed and difficult. This furry girl gave me a clear view and a perfect opportunity to take a picture to show off just how gorgeous Koalas are.

Editing

Other than cropping a bit of excess back ground on this photo what you see is what I took. I have not stepped into the world of post-processing yet but would love to experiment in this area so any helpful hints would be very much taken on board.

In my camera bag

As I have a definite lack of experience and a lot of ignorance at this point in time, I only carry my water bottle and an eye for details. As I progress on this amazing journey I am sure I will collect experience, knowledge and equipment to produce beautiful photos like the ones displayed on Viewbug and have more equipment in my bag other than a water bottle.

Feedback

My advice to other beginners is to have an idea of the image you want to achieve and keep taking photos and be critical of your results. Thank goodness there is a DELETE button and don't be afraid to use it. Always make sure your subject is completely in your frame and not missing any parts. Be very aware of your background as this can detract from your subject especially if it takes the viewers eye away from what you wanted them to see. Don't be afraid to try different looks as sometimes things look better in black and white or sepia. Look for different angles. Taking photos from ground level can give you a whole different perspective of your subject as can taking pics from up high. Remember, you are the artist behind the lens so have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.

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