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    Beach photography: where and when to capture stunning wildlife pictures

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 09/09/2013 00:01am
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    In the second part of our Shoot Like a Pro series on beach photography we explain where and when to photograph coastal wildlife, and some of the great images you can make.

    The coast isn’t just about landscapes and people; it’s also a haven for wildlife. The wide-open nature of the landscape can make it easier to spot subjects, but the lack of cover can make it tricky to get close to some of the shy animals.

    But that’s all part of the challenge of wildlife photography.

    Note: in this instalment we’ve identified where and when is best to photograph coastal wildlife in the UK (because that’s where we’re from!). Information on coastal wildlife in other countries is readily available online.

    How to photograph seals

    How to photograph seals

    With their dog-like faces and natural curiosity, seals are one of the most satisfying subjects for coastal wildlife photography. You’ll find numerous grey seals at plenty of locations around the UK, with Donna Nook in Lincolnshire and the Farne islands in Northumberland among the best.

    Late autumn to early winter is the best time to find large numbers of seals on the beach because that’s when they come ashore with their pups.

    Late autumn to early winter is the best time to find large numbers of seals on the beach because that’s when they come ashore with their pups.

    Like all wildlife photography, the main concern is getting close enough to get shots without causing any distress or harm to the animals themselves, so don’t try to get too close, especially when there are pups around. Use a long telephoto lens and move slowly into position.

    With a little patience and observation you can get great images, but be prepared to spend plenty of time lying on the sand waiting for the best opportunities to arrive.

    PAGE 1: How to photograph seals at the beach
    PAGE 2: How to photograph puffins, gulls and waders
    PAGE 3: How to photograph whales, dolphins and otters

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    Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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