The waiting game
Patience and careful planning have enabled Louise Gibbon to capture some memorable wildlife shots
I took up wildlife photography in 2009, when an RSPB nature reserve opened near to where I live – and after a couple of visits I bought my first camera!
One of my favourite birds to photograph is the osprey, and I had the privilege of being able to observe and photograph them at close quarters last year, during a holiday in the Scottish Highlands. It was a breathtaking moment when I first saw one diving for – and catching – a fish ! Another favourite subject is the kingfisher, and I was delighted when I managed to capture a ‘fish pass’ between a male and female as part of their courting ritual . I enjoy shooting wildlife of the fourlegged variety too, and I’ve been able to follow the adventures of a couple of fox families at the RSPB reserve.
Research is important when you’re photographing wildlife. For the best results you need to study the behaviour of your subjects in general, and to ascertain the best time of year to capture particular events. Patience is also key: I went out on a weekend shoot to capture the kingfisher fish pass, and waited for around 16 hours before finally getting the shot. It was definitely worth it though.
Light conditions are crucial in wildlife photography, as long
One of the biggest challenges is composing shots effectively. Ideally you want a clear background with no distractions