SOLVIN ZANKL

THE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Photo Analysis -

Solvin has worked as a wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher for 20 years and fo­cuses on pre­sent­ing small and over­looked species in fresh new ways. See more of his work at www.solv­in­zankl.com

1 GO LOW

Wide an­gle images usu­ally con­tain a lot of de­tail. In this case, the fre­netic ac­tiv­ity of a swarm. To counter the clut­ter, I crouched down lower than the main bees in the im­age to in­cor­po­rate a de­cent slice of blue-sky back­ground.

2 LIGHT IT UP

To cre­ate a nat­u­ral feel when light­ing a shot, I usu­ally use at least three flash­guns. For this im­age, I used six. I at­tached three small flash units to the cam­era to lighten the shad­ows, then po­si­tioned three larger flash­guns in a tri­an­gle around the bees. The flashes breathe life into the photo, cre­at­ing re­flec­tions on the wings, mak­ing the leaves ap­pear to catch the sun and em­pha­sis­ing the del­i­cate fring­ing on the in­sects’ hairy bod­ies.

3 FID­DLE WITH THE FLASHES

It’s a good idea to turn the flashes on one by one and take test shots as you go. Set each flash to man­ual and re­duce the in­di­vid­ual bright­ness un­til you are happy with the ex­po­sure. This will en­sure that de­tails such as the wings aren't overly lit.

4 DEEP FIELD­ING

To in­cor­po­rate the green field in the back­ground as well as the close-up bees, I needed as large a depth of field as pos­si­ble. To achieve this, I set my cam­era to man­ual and se­lected a high aper­ture.

5 IN THE DE­TAIL

There is a lot to take in with this im­age, from the ex­treme close-up bees to those zip­ping around in the dis­tance. The more you look, the more you see. I love the ef­fect of the in­sects frozen in flight, which gives a real sense of their move­ments, and how the main clus­ter of bees plays with your sense of per­spec­tive.

FIND OUT MORE

For more photo ad­vice visit www.dis­cov­er­wildlife.com/ wildlife-na­ture-photography/ tips-and-tech­niques

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