As a kid, did you ever read a Far Side comic like this one and think, “you know what, it could be true!” Now that you’re an adult you’ve probably let go of such childish notions, but then again… you know what, it could be true!
Thanks to remote wildlife cameras, we’ve been treated to a veritable bear hoedown at the local scratching tree, and now we also have the following footage which captured what seems to be a cartoon-like slap-fight between two wild deer. Read more…
Before today, if you were to ask me who would win in a fight, an eagle or a deer, I would probably have bet on the deer given the obvious size advantage. But recently released shots from a wildlife camera set up in a remote corner of Siberia show how wrong I would be. Read more…
Back in March 2011, British adventure photographer Dan Milner went on a 9-day photo shoot in the Scottish Highlands for Transworld Snowboarding magazine. While there, he endured blizzards, 100MPH winds, -20° temperatures, and being headbutted in the lens by a wild stag.
It’s true: the video above proves it.
Finland-based photographer Tommy Vikars won this year’s GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest with the above photograph, titled “The Stargazer.” Vikars writes,
There are two brothers in my home village who look after the game in the area and feed them regularly at several locations in winter. I was welcome to photograph white-tailed deer at one of their feeding places at night. I buried my sound isolated camera box in the snow nearby. In my warm hide about 50 meters away I was ready with the camera‘s remote release. I used my other camera and a 300mm lens to check the scene. It was extremely difficult to see what was going on at the feeding place even though I had exhausted ISO and exposure values to their absolute maximum to give me at least a slight idea when to trigger the camera. I took many photographs, but often the deer would move too fast or in the wrong direction given the long exposure time. When I finally saw this image on my computer screen, I was very pleased with the result.
The photo was shot using a Nikon D700 and 16-35mm VR lens at f/4, 30s, ISO 2000.
(via GDT via Photojojo)
Image credit: Photograph by Tommy Vikars/2012 GDT European Wildlife Photographer
Being able to concentrate is a great quality to have as a photographer, but make sure it doesn’t make you tunnel vision and cause you to miss shots. Photographer Hans Kruse was photographing deer in a park outside Copenhagen, Denmark, when he spotted this wildlife photographer miss out on a close-up of a huge stag because he had his telephoto lens pointed in the wrong direction. He states,
The other photographer had been staring at the woods for a while while when this rather large deer appeared out of nowhere and tiptoed past him. I was laughing so much it was quite hard to take the picture.
This is the second story we’ve shared in the past week of a photographer not being aware of his surroundings.
Image credit: Photograph by Hans Kruse and used with permission