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Old 22-10-2009, 13:59   #1 (permalink)
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Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

A master piece from a dedicated photographer, what a fantastic capture

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Leaping wolf snatches photo prize

The infared beam activation for cameras seems to be the in thing for wildlife photographers with a passion. Not sure if its been linked before but heres another with a description how they caught a flying bat taking a drink of water from a pond.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...rden-pond.html

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Old 22-10-2009, 14:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

Whilst I would not deny it is a great picture, for me the dairy is taken off by the use of an infra-red trigger. A lot of the award winning wildlife shots are taken with the only input from thr photographer being to place the camera before going home. If the camera does not get the shot no-one is the wiser. If it does, the 'tog gets an award.
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Old 22-10-2009, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

Though to be fair to the bat photography he designed and built everything but the camera, no mean feat.
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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

Same with the wolf, you've really got to know how to set up the equipment and the camera to not only trigger it, but know where the animal will be and where to set a focus, so apart from pressing the shutter, everything else is done by the photographer. With the wolf and the snow leopard last year, they are so wary and have such a fantastic sense of smell etc, that you would never manage to get close to get a shot without setting something like this up, so using it, you do get the true nature of the animal in the shot.
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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

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Same with the wolf, you've really got to know how to set up the equipment and the camera to not only trigger it, but know where the animal will be and where to set a focus, so apart from pressing the shutter, everything else is done by the photographer. With the wolf and the snow leopard last year, they are so wary and have such a fantastic sense of smell etc, that you would never manage to get close to get a shot without setting something like this up, so using it, you do get the true nature of the animal in the shot.
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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

I'd like to know what background replacement software he used....
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I'd like to know what background replacement software he used....


Also would look better with natural light.
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Whilst I would not deny it is a great picture, for me the dairy is taken off by the use of an infra-red trigger. A lot of the award winning wildlife shots are taken with the only input from thr photographer being to place the camera before going home. If the camera does not get the shot no-one is the wiser. If it does, the 'tog gets an award.
I am glad you said that, it was my feeling that the equipment took the picture.
The others, where the photographer took time (and in some cases discomfort ) to get their shot deserves much better acclaim than given.
Surely that is the essence of photography, the photographer.
I see the logic of wipspeed, sonsey etc. about the equipment, I am an electrical engineer, and enjoy nothing more than electronics (apart from photography of course).
I have made a flash trigger to take the bursting balloon picks and water splashes, but to me, they are not me taking the shot, it's the 'kit'.
Just a bit of fun, and I would never consider them clever.
Just my thoughts, but then, what do I know, I'm a complete novice, so I'll shut up now

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Re: Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

A tribute to his bushcraft rather more than his photography, I feel - but then other shots have won prizes that are relatively heavily HDR'd, so post-production rather than photography!
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