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To most of us, Africa is either way too far or expensive for wildlife photography. The only other option is our own backyard, parks and reserves. We might not get to shoot exotic animals but, even the most common animals, with the right technique and equipment, it might be just as good and even better. A few months back, I saw a photo of two frogs, mating on a leave. Even though it was just two frogs, but the composition and exposure was so good. It was one of the winning entries in a wildlife photography competition.

This ground pigeon is perching, on a chainlink fence. Behind it, is part of a bunker of a golf and countryside resort.

For wildlife photography, you need at least 300mm to get a feel of the hunting. But for real serious work, you need to get up close and personal optically with your subject. A 500mm would have gotten me much closer than this and at 1/640, it is just fast enough to handhold at that focal length.

When shooting with zoom lens, remember to shoot at 1/focal length. That's, if you are looking at 500mm, your shutterspeed must be at least 1/500s. Anything less than this, you just might get blurry pictures.

Here's another tip in wildlife photography;
You have better luck waiting for your subject coming close to you than otherwise. To get this, find a place which your subject likes to hang around and wait.

Then again, in wildlife photography, just like any other photographic disciplines, the more you know about your subject and its environment, the better your chances of getting better pictures of it.

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