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Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose December 29, 2017
Beautiful reflection, I love the low angle.
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug February 06, 2018
Outstanding capture and reflection. Well done. You might consider joining my challenge entitled Undiscovered Masterpieces.
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eelcovanroden March 04, 2018
Prachtig!!
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Rense_Sjoers May 23, 2018
Dank je wel!!
Keefyboy PRO
 
Keefyboy October 10, 2018
WOW!!! :-)
Whitenblack
 
Whitenblack October 12, 2018
Beautiful Shot and reflection well Composed πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Behind The Lens

Location
I just started the digital photography, after a 25 year of being busy with other things and only having experience with analog photography, and it seemed quite a challenge this time. This photo was taken in a small forest, in the east of the Netherlands, in an observation shelter. Such observation shelters are quite often used as nature in The Netherlands is not that big. This shelter was built and hidden in this forest for observation and photography purposes. Most of the shelters have a small pond close by or in front of it.
Time
I took this photo at 07:14 AM and it wasn't the first photo taken that day. Almost a two hours drive it was. Living near Rotterdam it meant an amazing early start that day, driving up to the location and get dug in. Started at 06:30 AM that day.
Lighting
With nature & wildlife -photography, you've to take what you get at any point when you're able to. In a shelter, you're bounded to the position and location Luckily I was able to take this photo when the sun was just sharing its first light in the forest.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D7200 and a Tamron SP 150-600 F5-6.3 lens. Nothing else was used that day.
Inspiration
After starting again with photography I quickly made friends who were, specifically, busy with wildlife photography. I was invited to do a day shooting in a shelter. And so it happened. I do not have a specific specialism in photography. I shoot everything that's worth it, for me. This was actually the second time in a shelter and I was just hoping for a right opportunity. Not really bothered what I would catch in front of my lens. Luckily this little friend showed up for a drink at the pond. The light was great and.... click
Editing
Yes, I did some post-processing on this photo. As it was quite early, with low light, and I didn't have time to change my ISO settings at that time. I needed to boost the light settings a little bit using Lightroom.
In my camera bag
Good question. When I first started photography (again) I had everything with me, all the time. Nowadays I just take that what I think I need for that specific day. (bad luck when I left something at home) So, that can be my 1 or 2 Nikon D7200 bodies (combined) with the Tamron 150-600, a Nikkor AF 80-200 F2.8D ED, a Nikkor AF-S 50mm 1.8 G, a Nikkor AF Mikro 05mm F2.8D, a Nikkor AF-P 18-55 3.5-5.6G (one with and one without VR) or a Tamron 18-200 3.5-5.6 Depending on the subjects, I have a Godox TT520 II flash and a Macro ring flash and when necessary I use a tripod. Recently I bought a Fuji X30 for the daily casual shots of whatever. Normally I carry this little beast every day, all day, everywhere. If not... I just use my phone, a Samsung S8.
Feedback
When you're intentions are to start shooting wildlife, know what to expect with regard to the animals and the location. Some pre-research will not harm you. Without being a forester you could make some changes in the setting it self, so you'll get some more interesting photos. Let them get used to it, do some feeding on a regular base when possible. Always respect wildlife. You're in their world now. Yep, an early "rise and shine" is what you need. Arrive at the chosen site before dawn when you like to have your shots taken during the golden hour. You need to find a way to blend into the environment, using a fixed shelter or small tent, just to make sure the little creatures will not see any movement. Be still... (hard one) I assure you, they will see you or here you when you're out there and that even before you notice that they are there. For the rest, you need a lot of luck. For some reason, our little friends just do what they do despite all the preparations you make. When they arrive at the scene don't start jamming the button straight away. Let them get used to everything. Don't be afraid to use a high ISO setting in low light environments. With the right aperture, shutter speed, and most important, the composition you'll get results in the end. With a good composition, cropping the photo will be less needed. That way you'll see less grain in the final photo. Use the "rule of third" when you can. Create negative or positive space in the shot if you can and use the surrounding where you're in. Continuous focus and a high-speed picture rate will help you as well. Just get out there and enjoy being out there.

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