Creative use of shutter speed in wildlife photography
Break the mould and be creative, try different techniques and various shutter speeds and, you never know, you might find something that will suit your style in an immense way. Mark Sisson has the story and all the advice
As I write this piece I am a matter of days away from heading to one of my favourite bird photography locations, Bosque del Apache in New Mexico, USA. At this time of year it is cold and sunny and, if you drove through the state without stopping and with only the bare desert-like hills to be seen, you might wonder why on earth a wildlife photographer was headed there. Running through its heart though is the Rio Grande river (well-known by those of you who enjoyed cowboy films when you were growing up); its floodplain areas allow the farming of corn, and the food that this offers after harvesting, along with the overnight safety provided by the large pools at the Bosque reserve, is why huge flocks of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes make it a significant stopover point during their winter migration south from their arctic breeding grounds.
The nature and the spectacle of 10,000 geese all blasting off at once is reason enough to enjoy visiting this place, but, for me, a week there, essentially focusing on two species (an approach that always leads to better images than a tick-list driven Cook’s tour) has much more to offer. It is the perfect location and subject matter really to get to grips with using different shutter speeds to create a wide variety of images; something that can lift your…