The Wild Eye View website and blog is all about trying to inspire people to protect the environment and our natural heritage so that future generations can enjoy what we have the pleasure in enjoying today.
When we decided to start this website to show off our photographs we really didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. I’m not particularly good with computers, but fortunately Stuart is, and it’s his efforts that make the site and blog look the way it does. Since we started the number of visitors to the site has grown exponentially every year. This interest motivated us to write a blog about our weekly trips and their results. Its where we show some of our favorite photographs that have an interesting story behind them.
Of course it helps to have good equipment and good lenses are essential. But in the end it’s patience, perseverance and a feel for the situation and the mood of whatever you are photographing that counts. Rightly anticipating what will happen next helps a lot with wildlife and getting good shots of unusual situations. Of course it also helps to have a good assistant and bird spotter like Lynette. She doesn’t miss much!
In terms of kit, I’m a Canon guy. I switch between an EOS 1DX and a 1D Mk IV for birds and wildlife, but I also have an old EOS 5D Mk II which is a fantastic camera for landscapes and macro. For lenses my preference is for a EF 600mm f/4L IS USM, sometimes with a 1.4X converter mounted on a Gitzo tripod fitted with a Wimberley head for most of the birds. Whilst it’s quality is superb, the downsize of the lens is it’s heavy weight. It’s a bitch to carry around in the bush. So recently I have been using a hand held EF 300mm F2.8L lens sometimes with a 1.4 x tele-converter as it’s easier to handle. It’s a beaut of a lens. Fast and pin sharp! I also have a EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro USM for plants and insects and a few wide angle tele’s for landscapes.
I’m embarrassed to say that we are not particularly knowledgeable about birds and I frequently have to refer to the internet and reference books to identify what we have photographed. Every shot is naturally lit for the simple reason I don’t own a flash. Besides, shooting in low light makes for more challenging and interesting photography. I only shoot in Raw and apart from some cropping and basic adjustments there is very little Photoshop manipulation. What you see is more or less what is coming out of the camera.
When photographing birds it’s all about light and aiming for a clear background, and trying to get a few frames off before they are gone. Basically with birds you get a one-off chance, and you have to make the most of it while you can. I shoot as many frames as I can simply because I don’t know how many times I’ve gone back home and downloaded the frames to find I should have taken more because what I got just wasn’t worth keeping. With animals, it’s all about anticipating behavior and trying to get a good angle and something a little unique.
What else can I say……Let’s stop habitat destruction whether it’s in Africa, Asia or South America. It is terrible what’s going on especially in Borneo and Kalimantan in Indonesia. Habitat destruction as a result of illegal logging or for establishment of Palm Oil estates is rampant. There just seems to be no will to protect 10,000 year old forests which is very sad and within a few years there will be no tigers or Orangutans left in the wild. Let’s also vigorously demand the end to the poaching of Rhino’s and other wildlife in Africa and also protect our oceans. Lets not patronize restaurants that offer shark fin soup. Sharks are a critical element in the oceanic Eco system. Without them there will be nothing.
Unless we actively support conservation and sustainable practices our kids and their kids are not going to be able to enjoy the wildlife, flora and fauna that we take for-granted.
And finally as a last word to aspiring photographers, go out and buy a camera and go take photographs of whatever interests you. It’s a fantastic hobby. You will never regret it!
We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stuart@ wildeyeview.com or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Eye-View/126577377381449
We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoy taking them.