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Nature - Robby's Photography

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Landscape shots

A friend once asked me why his landscape shots always have a burnt out sky while others don’t have this. I told him that the others use a simple trick, they use Gradual Neutral Density filters (GND). The GND allows to reduce partially the amount of light.  Unlike a Neutral Density (ND) filter, it doesn’t reduce the overall amount of light to enable a longer expsoure. When you look at a GND filter, you will realize that it starts dark and get lighter towards the middle of the filter. And there are filters with a soft or hard graduation. The shot below was taken with a Canon EOS 400D with the Canon EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a HI-Tech GND 0.9 filter.

The famous rice terraces in Ubud - ©2010 Robert Traut

The famous rice terraces in Ubud – ©2010 Robert Traut

Animals

Shooting animals can be quite tricky. Most wildlife photographers have to take a lot of effort and patientice to get the shot they want. And normally, you recognize wildlife photographers from their super telephoto lenses. But why do they need up to 600mm local length? This has two reasons… either to protect themselves or to stay far enough before the animals takes flight. Shooting a predator like a tiger or a lion with a 50mm lens might only work when the whole pack is full. Otherwise you won’t get close enough for a nice shot. But even then it is still very dangerous. And preys will espace before you get close enough. That’s why focal length gets so important in wildlife photography.

Another possibility is to take animal shots in a zoo. Unfortunately, there is always a fence or a thick security glass that make the shot quite challenging. But it has also some advantages. You get closer to the animals and they are normally less shy. The bird shot below was taken in Taman Safari Cisarua which is close to Bogor, Java Barat (Western Java), Indonesia.

Yellow bird – ©2013 Robert Traut