We would all love to go on a 2 week safari with a top of the range camera with a 400mm F2.8 lens (over £8000 just for lens) but for most, a serious lottery win would be required first. So our options are, well we do have our own wildlife, for me a good image of a stag is hard to beat. Looking for something a little easier? Have a look at my image with the 2 bears at play in the water, captured with an entry level dslr with a Sigma 70-300mm lens, by zooming in to 300mm to get as tight as possible this image could have been captured anywhere, it was however taken at Blair Drummond, Scotland a local wildlife park. We have many wildlife parks and zoo's around us some are better than others for the photographer. The secret, well it's not a secret just common sense is composition, we don't want to any signs of an enclosure in the shot. Any DSLR with a telephoto lens is all that is required by photographer, but do try and get there for opening time, buy a program with the feeding times listed and try to stay the full day to increase your chances of getting that shot. Feeding stations for the birds in you back garden are great way to encourage more birds but set it up so you have a bare branch close by for the birds to land on to give you that photographed in the wild look.
Most of you will have heard of flickr or other sites like picasa where you can share your images. Though these sites are not a portfolio, they still represent your work, so while you share more images on them than you would on your own web page you still need to consider the content. All images should be in focus, sharp, exposed properly and displayed correctly.
I have over 4,000 images on flickr with over 150,000 views, my hard drives have over 20,000 images on them and god alone knows how many that has been lost/deleted over the years. Thats a ratio of 1 of every 5 keepers that are good enough to share.
Welcome to my blog. My photography is on a tight budget like so many others out there, but through this blog I hope to show that great photographs can be achieved by all.