08 Shoot wildlife with long exposures
When it comes to photographing wild birds with long lenses, try using a longer exposure to emphasise moving parts of a picture, as bird specialist Ben Hall has done in this shot.
“After spending several days observing a pair of dippers on a fast-flowing stream, I was soon able to predict their movements,” reveals Ben.
“This individual bird would often pause on a waterfall in the middle of the cascading water, so I retuned one day with a large, sturdy tripod to try and capture the image that I had pre-visualised.
“The idea I had was to use a slow shutter speed to render the movement of the water, while keeping the dipper small in the frame to show it in the context of its environment.
“I set up the camera on the tripod, dialled in a shutter speed of 1/2 second, and used mirror lock-up and a cable release to prevent any vibration.
“Luckily the bird remained in the same spot for over a minute, allowing me to capture several frames. Even so, only one image out of the sequence showed a sharp dipper!”
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* Include fast-flowing water in the frame, or shoot in exposed spots where wind ripples any vegetation.
* Spend time watching the habits of your chosen bird, to enable you to compose your shots accordingly. * Switch off any image stabilisation systems when shooting long exposures from a tripod.
* Shoot in Aperture Priority mode, using a small aperture and low ISO to give you extended exposure times.
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