I recently wrote a blog on - Three of the west ways to an elephant where I wrote about how challenging it can be to photograph larger animals such as buffalo, rhino and elephant. In today's blog I want to focus on the three ways to best photograph a rhino. This is all part of a photographic series I am putting together on photographing high profile animals that will hopefully help you to better your photographic ability and to capture or find new ways to capture all these magnificent animals.
Below I have included 3 different images of a rhino to try and help you when you are out in the field and find yourself in a similar position or are not quite sure how to photograph your subject. The best advice I can offer is to take a picture of what you see in front of you. Now that sounds silly I know, but you will be surprised how many people over look this.
What is photography? Simple answer: Photography is painting with light. What am I trying to get at here? Many of us try to do too much too often and the end result is disappointment, why? Because we try to look to much into our images and what we can achieve from the scene presented in front of us.
So, painting with light. Keep it simple and shoot the scene as it is when light is good and on your side. What do I mean by this? Whenever I pick up my camera, I pick it up for a reason - that may be to either get close ups or to showcase my subject by, yes you guessed it, painting with light.
In the above paragraph I mentioned close ups, these are really great ways to take advantage of animals when they are close by or you are using telephoto lenses. It allows us to focus on the finer details such as the skin, the mouth, the ears and the eyes. These textured shots and close up shots are great to show off detail as few people get to be really up close and personal with these animals.
Sometimes, light isn't on our side, this isn't always a bad thing. It comes down to using what you have and looking for an opportunity, yes sometimes it doesn't pay off, but when it does the results can be really surprising! As you can see below, silhouettes can be an amazing way to showcase your subject. This is obviously very area dependent, yes you can go the route of shooting from the other side with the light on your side, but instead of having 100 images of the same thing, why not try a different angle, a different view, because like I said, you never know, it just might surprise you.
I hope you find these images helpful and that it allows you different opportunities when you are next out in the field.
Until next time,