5 Wildlife Photography Portraits

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 2 Comments

Wildlife photography is not just about picking up a canera, pointing it at a subject and firing at will.

Yes, by doing this you will no doubt get a few keepers but by taking a more measured approach you will, I believe, not only enjoy the experience more but you will also give yourself a way better chance of putting together a strong, coherent portfolio of images from a particular sighting or safari.

On most of our safaris and workshops we speak about various types of wildlife images.  These range from animal in environment and animal behaviour to interaction and wildlife portraits.

By keeping all these different types of images in mind you can very easily pull from it when the moment presents itself and create stronger images by knowing what you are looking for and knowing what to focus on when you look through the viewfinder.

Yes, might sound like a lot to try and do and remember before clicking the shutter but think back to when you were learning how to drive?  At the time it seemed impossible but no it comes easily.  Almost second nature.

One of the types of images we all always look for is portraits.  An intimate close up of your subject.

Now there are a number of different descriptions of a what makes a good portrait but I prefer to keep it simple.  To me a portrait is an image in which the subject takes up more than half of the frame and some kind of connection with the subject.  as always there needs to be a story that (hopefully) has the viewer asking questions.  As with all photographic rules however these are just guidelines and can be bent and broken as needed should you feel it will add  artistic value to the image.

Here are 5 portraits I have taken in the last year.

Nothing funny, just good, old fashioned frame filling wildlife photography.

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 Mara Lioness

Mara Triangle, September 2012

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Chobe Baboon

Chobe River, January 2013

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Young Hippo

Chobe River, January 2013

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Mara Tusker

Mara Triangle, August 2013

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Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture

Masai Mara, September 2012


Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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