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Intense Fox stare.
British Wildlife

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Intense Fox stare.
British Wildlife

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Facebook @alanwsmithphotography
Website - www.alanwsmithphotography.com
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Contest Finalist in The Natural Planet Photo Contest
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Monthly Pro Photo Contest Vol 43Top 10 class
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken while attending a Wildlife Photography Workshop in the UK at the British Wildlife Centre with Wildlife Professional photographers Richard Peters and David Lloyd. It was a fantastic experience getting up close with the animals, well I say close but I still needed to use my 80-400mm lens at 400mm for most of the time.
Time
The workshop started at around 2pm and this just so happened to be one of my first shots of the day. It was a great start to a great workshop.
Lighting
It was an overcast day which turned out to be perfect conditions for taking photos of the different wildlife we encountered. The clouds acting like a giant soft box, providing nice even light.
Equipment
The shot was taken using a Nikon D750 with Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-f5.6 Lens. Shot was taken handheld with no other equipment used.
Inspiration
I am a big fan of Wildlife photography and when provided with the opportunity to attend a workshop to learn from two of the best Wildlife Photographers I had to take it. I remember they both gave similar advise to get as low as possible and add some depth to the image by shooting through grass etc, framing the image with their surroundings.
Editing
Yes, I did some post-processing on this image using Adobe Lightroom. This included adjusting white balance, contrast, vibrance and saturation of the overall image. I also used the adjustment brush to enhance the eyes slightly, it is a very subtle adjustment however I think it made a big difference to the final image.
In my camera bag
As a photographer who loves everything outdoors, landscapes, nature, wildlife, macro, I tend to carry equipment to make sure I am ready for any subject. So my bag will usually contain my Nikon D750 camera along with a selection of lenses, Nikon 16-35mm f4, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Nikon 105mm Micro f2.8, Nikon 80-400mm f4.5-f5.6. I also use a variety of Lee Filters including Hard and Medium Grad Filters, Circular Polariser, 3 and 6 stop ND filters and Reverse Grad. Oh and it goes without saying that I would carry a tripod with me, especially when out on a Landscape/Macro shoot.
Feedback
I'm not always sure how to answer this question, do I just talk about the technical or the composition etc? Lets try and include both. Firstly, as I have been advised before, cameras nowadays have great low light performance so don't be afraid to push up the ISO. In fact for this image and the entire workshop I had my camera set to use Auto ISO. The key to using this option though is to make sure your shutter speed and aperture are also set accordingly, particularly when shooting handheld. A mistake I have made in the past was to push up the ISO and not change the shutter speed resulting in soft, unsharp images. For the cloudy day this was taken I used Manual mode and set my shutter speed between 1/500 and 1/1000 sec, aperture between f4.5 and f/8 and Auto ISO on. As for composition and being in the right position, many photographers will tell you patience is often key to capturing the image you want. This is no different with wildlife as they will tend to do what they want not what you want them to do. Get down low so you are at the eye level of your subject, and don't be afraid to get a little dirty to get the shot. Pay attention to the background and surroundings, the simpler the better. Make sure your subject stands out and doesn't get lost in the image. Give it a go and let me know what works for you. Happy shooting...

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