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This week’s photoblog of the week is David Kleinert Photography. David has kindly submitted a number of shots and given an insight into his photography gear. He’s also shared a tip for nature photographers. David is from Australia (my own neck of the woods) and has been photoblogging since 2005.
My current camera kit includes the Canon EOS 30D DSLR, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Lens, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens and the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. A majority of the wildlife images on my photoblog have been taken with the 100-400mm lens, which I prefer to use without a tripod.
As a keen nature photographer, the best advice I can give is to “know your subject”. Whether it is birds, insects or wild flowers your are shooting, knowing the behaviour and habitat requirement really helps in not only finding the species, but capturing that perfect image. A genuine interest in the subject and lots of patience are, of course, also of great assistance.
When it comes to photographing birds, a favourite subject of mine, using a lens of least 300 mm is almost essential. You can still take excellent bird photos at a shorter focal length, especially with the use of a hide, however keeping your distance from the subject causes less disturbance and can create a more natural type image. I find that my Canon 100-400mm is an excellent choice of lens for wildlife photography.