52/2013 Week 37


Wildlife photography, you either love it or hate it. Most of the time I hate it. It can be so frustrating and most of the time I shoot quantity over quality.

52/2013 Week 37

But occasionally I get something I like, like this Meerkat. OK!  It’s shot in a zoo, but it can be just as demanding there to get a good one, You still get movement, but usually you can get a little closer, which helps a great deal. But is it wildlife photography?

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13 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 37

  1. oawritingspoemspaintings September 13, 2013 / 10:13

    Wildlife is indeed very hard to capture and can be a load of frustration when you have to delete a hundred for one but it is well worth its beauty 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty September 13, 2013 / 15:33

      It’s that one that makes the difference

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  2. Andrew September 14, 2013 / 03:53

    My honest view. No its not wildlife photography because the subject is captive. That doesn’t make it a bad picture – on the contrary it is excellent and I have also had fun photographing meerkats in a zoo. If you disclose the fact that it is a captive animal there is no ethical challenge if you wish to call it wildlife. For stock photo purchasers they probably don’t care where it was shot. Interesting question though.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 14, 2013 / 12:25

      Taking the question a bit furthers, Andrew. If I shoot a bird in an RSPB Reserve, is it still wildlife? Perhaps “shoot” is the wrong word here but you get my meaning.

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      • Andrew September 14, 2013 / 12:30

        No doubt in my mind, yes, Mike. Birds are free to roam from an RSPB reserve. The habitat is optimised for them but there are no restrictions.

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        • Mike Hardisty September 14, 2013 / 12:38

          I’m planning a visit soon to my nearest reserve which is at Conwy. Waiting to see what winter visitors have arrived.

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          • Andrew September 14, 2013 / 13:07

            Our migration has just started. The Paradise Flycatchers are moving through and some waders returning. Still slow though. Not many ducks yet. Good luck at Conwy. I’ll be ‘home’ in Caerphilly in one month 😀

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  3. chrisstov September 14, 2013 / 03:57

    In a zoo or in the wild or whether it is easy or difficult to take, it is a great picture.

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  4. petspeopleandlife September 14, 2013 / 05:14

    Well, Mike it is wild and it has life… Joking here. Even though you had to work hard to get that beautiful pic of the meercat it does not, in my opinion, qualify as photographed wildlife. But it is an extremely good photo of the meercat. You did real justice to this sweet little animal.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 14, 2013 / 12:35

      That’s the way I look at it Yvonne. I’ve seen some pictures, supposedly taken in the wild, but when you look at the EXIF data you just know they could never get the photograph with the lens they have attached to the camera

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  5. vanecktharien September 14, 2013 / 15:27

    A great shot! Whether taken in a zoo or otherwise, there is still an art in capturing that special moment!

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    • Mike Hardisty September 15, 2013 / 19:26

      Zoos do make it easier as the animals are more used to seeing people and you can get that little bit closer

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