#6 Never miss a chance

Practical Photography (UK) - - 10 Clicks -

JUST BE­CAUSE YOU SET out to shoot one thing, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be ready to shoot some­thing else. Mark McNeill (in­sta­gram.com/ markm­c­neillphoto), who splits his time be­tween wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy and cap­tur­ing stun­ning images of the great out­doors, knows only too well that it pays to keep your kit to hand. And while you may have one style of pho­tog­ra­phy in mind, al­ways be pre­pared to make the most of a sit­u­a­tion as it de­vel­ops.

“Me and my eight-year-old daugh­ter took a trip to Glen­coe with the aim of cap­tur­ing the Milky Way over the Buachaille Etive Mor wa­ter­fall at night. I was try­ing to cap­ture a dif­fer­ent view from the iconic lo­ca­tion and I got a few shots that I was quite happy with.

“In the morn­ing our plan was to come back and cap­ture the fa­mous James Bond scene from Sky­fall that was filmed just down the road from there. Sud­denly, we saw these amaz­ing stags at the side of the road, only some 50 me­tres away from where we parked the car. We stayed there for a good hour, just watch­ing the an­i­mals and tak­ing pho­tos. It was one of the pho­to­graphic high­lights of my year.”

Mark cap­tured these stun­ning images of stags near Glen­coe in Scot­land.

Above Cam­ou­flage cam­era cov­ers are a use­ful ac­ces­sory for the se­ri­ous na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher.

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