OUR PRO’S ver­dict

NPhoto - - Wildlife Masterclass -

Tracy was a great Ap­pren­tice. She was en­thu­si­as­tic, and not scared to throw the kitchen sink at her pho­tog­ra­phy, in a way that went far be­yond her abil­i­ties when she started. In just three days on the Chobe river her wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy went into or­bit, as her stun­ning Shot of the Day shows. For me the most dif­fi­cult wildlife im­ages to nail are those where you’re work­ing with a su­per-tele­photo lens – in this case a 600mm f/4 VR with 1.4x con­verter – and pho­tograph­ing a small sub­ject at close range fairly full in the frame. In the case of Tracy’s African ja­cana im­age, the depth of field was just cen­time­tres, and the glossy white against the dark back­ground had all the po­ten­tial to blow out.

These en­er­getic birds are not easy to keep in the viewfinder ei­ther, and get­ting a clean back­ground re­quires a lot off dis­ci­pline. Tracy’s im­age ticks all the boxes: it in­cludes some ac­tion, the bird is pin-sharp from front to back and the back­ground is nicely blurred. All in all, a stun­ning wildlife im­age!

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