WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN IT'S BEST - BTC version | Behind the camera, nikon z6, using foreground



this is pure luck so that was great and what a morning hmm I am aid I did one of my common mistakes though and that's probably laziness is my enemy in the morning because I went to bed a little late last night because I was putting the last work into a really nice a nature conservation trip to Africa to Kenya and actually a trip you can join if you're interested I'll tell much more about it a little later but yeah I worked on that last evening I came to bed a little late and the result was that when the alarm clock was ringing at 5:00 in the morning I was just so tired and like instead of jumping on mmediately I was in bed like maybe 20 minutes more and then I had to get up and and you know it's just that it's just a stupid thing because I hadn't packed the whole thing in the evening so because I was a little tired it just took forever to get batteries and tripod stuff together so yeah it's a lesson I should have learned many years ago but yeah in the evening I thought oh I'll do this in the morning it's better but the result was I didn't get out until a little to six and that's like an hour at least an hour too late or maybe two hours actually so I went out walked along they say these trees and there I'm sitting now and then that way suddenly these cranes were there and I'm like I have hurt them here and I know they're yeah but I have never seen them so close they were like I don't know how it goes a few hundred meters maybe a hundred meter when they were closest and when I sat down there when it got there like I couldn't say anything I doubted that I should if I should start turning on the little camera there that one or I should just photograph but I needed to cite it turn it on I didn't I didn't think I was going to photograph them because they were so close and I thought they were so aware and when I started to I did a little noise with the tripod and then like they started to come closer to me probably because I was in all this clothes I camouflage clothes and they didn't know what it was and they got closer and closer like maybe 55 770 meter so and I didn't dare to do anything this time I did use the silence shot at this time I just tried to stay as still as I could I didn't dare to make a photo though because I didn't they enter start to faff around with getting the tripod up in height but then I decided anyway to make some photos and I'm glad I did because they were they didn't notice me and I must be well hidden a through the reeds I was just so afraid of my silhouette because you know if if I sit here with the dark background everything is fine but if I stand up with her with the sky as a background and even though I'm well camouflaged it's just a black silhouette moving so way yeah I got a little film and I got some photos but I was struggling with these Reed's because they were the dead one that was very bright and kind of gave a little like a flare effect on the photo and then there were the leaves the the fresh green leaves and they were constantly in the way but I tried to use some little creative by by making them blurry blur the picture on one side of the photo and then I tried like with the woodpecker I don't know if you remember how like I shot through the leaves but found a little place where the leaves were not covering the photo I tried to do the same here so on this photo of the of the cranes I had this reeds in the foreground they were really distracting the autofocus so what I do here is that I'm setting my autofocus to continuously autofocus and then I used the back button to to LA that means that I can always push my back button and then override manually and that's the technique I have used here and I can use it as some kind of effect to either blur that photo or blur one side of the photo as you can see in this one and it's the the cranes in the right side and then you have the the reach on the left side of the of the photo and they are kind of closing the photo over there and by moving to the right and to the left I can like change that a little bit and get completely different photos if you want to know more about the this technique and how I set up my autofocus please leave a like a comment below and asked your question and I can include that in a in a future behind the camera video or I can actually make a dedicated video about that so what started out to be like a morning without anything and the light was a little boring and I thought I was too late just turned out to like give me my first photos of the cranes here in this area and then so close and the most important thing is what I'm going to do now because I haven't read that much about the cranes I'm going to look into that trying to find information about the hearing the sense of smell you know some birds actually have a brilliant sense of smell like the what they call – you know the one that are always in the car tool with a naked neck with the one feather and the beak and they always come when when they're you know when lucky Luke is about to die they will sit around and wait for him I don't know what they called in English but these birds they have a like an incredible sense of smell but I want to find out how are the eye sites of their cranes how is the smell of the hearing I know I need to know that and that's how I usually work when I'm photographing this kind of stuff and I don't know anything about it I know a lot about the Fox and all about the deer and a lot about the buzzards and bird of prey but I don't know about the cranes and I'm going to go figure it out I would like to get further down some of my photos you can see I have the horizon of the green field and the the dark forest and that is cutting almost through the crane or through the cranes what I would like is to get all the way down and shoot along the field so that there so that actually gets just above the the grass that means that the cranes will be standing there and with a beautiful colors with a maybe a dark background so I want to get down in level I couldn't do that here because of all the reefs another thing and I like to try to because I know the Sun is rising over there and if I can get in a position where the Sun comes up behind the crane so I get a little silhouette or I get when they do that trumpet thing right quack-quack then I can maybe get some some you know now some steam steam coming out of there or moisture coming out of the beak and with a backlight I can maybe create an effect there but you can hear I'm dreaming now but let's see what I get in the next week's so yeah I think that was it and yeah I think what I struggle a little about here where say I have this big backpack now I have the solar panels the batteries because I wanted to show it have an extra batteries in there I have my drone with the batteries and you know I have all kind of things that I don't need and what I would like to do is a pack a little simpler because with that camera that's filming now and on the tripod with the binocular with the tripod with all these big things and I struggle a little with the because the weight and the volume makes it really hard it's just like the opposite of walking just me and a lens without anything else like without trying but without anything I talked a little about that in the last behind the camera video but I think next time I'll try to pack a little different or make a little base camp close a base camp but a little bit camp and close to where I'm going to photograph where I can put all my stuff and then just go with the tripod and the camera and the binocular and the vlogging camera and coffee and then I think that's a better tactic yeah but them the light is getting a little hard now I'm going home now to have a nap to prepare lecture for tomorrow evening and doing a little doing a little work office work boring work really boring work and that I don't like and then I mean yeah going to have a nap so I can get ready for this evening because at this time of the year where the sunrise is at a little past 4:00 and it said say after 10:00 you know it's say I don't have the light and the night is not long enough so what I used to do is say I get a little few hours during the night and then I have a good nap during the day because evenings and mornings a good time so that's where the animals are active that is where there's no noise that's where it's beautiful I still do drops and they're on the grass when I got up this morning so we're yeah it's time to get another cup of coffee here and then I'll go back home and yeah see you this evening looking forward to see if we see anything up there oh yeah just in the evening I think it's tempting to go down here again but I think I want to go to the forest because I haven't been there for a while I want to go up and see do you remember last year with a badger that forced where I saw the Fox just one of my very first videos I'll link to it up here let them it was my very first video I did here on YouTube about a year and a half ago I was walking in the forest and talking to the camera it was the very first time I was blocking so I it was incredible we had to walk with a triponin and talking to the camera and then I I talked and talked and talked and took on my 3d cameras and then suddenly in the middle of everything the Fox just ran over like me and I just got one picture the Fox at the end of the road and then it disappeared again into the forest and yeah that was a that forest I think I'll go up there tonight and see if I can see a 70 year bat your Fox whatever but yeah see you tonight is lightning which the thunders are like this is fantastic thank God I did not go home just after the Thunder the rain I'm totally soaked but it it's worth every single drop of rain that was a crazy experience I mean you just like double up on getting something I didn't expect I could see like around 6 and a lot of 5 o'clock I could see how it was building up with like this dense feeling of rain and there's a thunder coming in and mmm I just got up here and you know when I was walking down there towards the the back Joe trying to sneak my way and suddenly started I could hear in the background like I knew rain is coming and then when within I mean I got so wet I was totally soaked with in like 20 minutes I had rain jackets on here but just normal hiking trousers like everything it just went down my legs in my shoes and that was the point I think I said to this camera like Oh everything is great I need to just continue filming because I wanted to capture this mood yes this one is so full of rain and water and it's dripping because I really want to feel like these beautiful patterns with the and it's so surreal istic when I sit here now it's so quiet the birds are singing there's almost no wind and then just like 3-4 hours ago it was pouring down yeah but I'm so happy I didn't like shut off the camera put it down in the safe camera back I I just continued to shoot with the video the rain pouring down and the leaves and the all this stuff and I yeah um yeah and then I decided to – to call that a day and I finished the video of the block I can't wait to share some of this with you just a little rainy mood and to share some of the cranes from this morning and then I think this has been a very very different day but see you out there and then there's just something in my mind saying oh I can't go home now this evening is still young I need to be here a little more and okay I can't remember so I just remember I thought let me just go to the to the meadow and see if there's a deer I went there and there were no deer and at all just a little more just a little more just had this feeling that I had to continue and oh I'm glad I did because when I saw like when I saw that Fox I was like what do i do what do I do because that is where it's becoming really really challenging because like I want to get the photos but at the same time I want to share on that camera in the blocking camera about having to turn that on and off and focus and sound and all that kind of stuff and at the same time concentrate on the Fox and concentrate on one tripod with the 600 millimeter and another tripod with that one having these things going on it's extremely difficult especially not when I'm photographing a plant or from inside my blind but when I'm out here exposed all the movements all the tripod hitting tripod you know that you know the sound of tripod using tripod is just not a good combination with a the year and foxes and and animals with a good hearing so I try to find that balance between just put up the walking camera and get in position but then I have to go back and get that wow that was challenging and it was too challenging today I I got some really good photos up there at least some some photos of the Fox that I really liked because it was so wet and but it disappeared too fast I didn't really get anything really good but but as I continued up and I saw their hairs and I saw the second Fox it just became too much with that camera so like my thought was just let me let me get what I can let me share what I can but I need to get some photos I need to get some video here this is this situation is unique and I was just trying to concentrate on getting something really good and I had to made up my make up my mind because I decided to leave my camera back behind it was to heavier too bulky I decided to then I wanted to use a tripod and I didn't want to use a tripod and to be honest I would prefer it without the tripod but it was already getting to to dock I'm I ended up photographing on high ISO 12000 on f4 with the 250 of a second with there with a 600 meter with a 1.4 converter and that was just incredible low light so yeah I I needed a tripod to to make it decent without decent shot photos without they were too blurred and then come to this moment like that was insane because sitting there I can't remember it very clear now but I just remember sitting there photographing the hair and then I thought okay well I leave that little camera behind because it's going to destroy the whole thing that I'm surfing around let me just concentrate with like like before I started doing the blocking thing it's just me and my camera and then the hair let me just get that moment and I left that camera behind and I was only maybe two twenty ten 15 meter and I kneeled down and I got the photo and the video of this beautiful little hair when I suddenly in the background like I could see something Brown and when I looked up it was like a back of a deer and then a head came up and I was the red deer and instantly I regret that I didn't have that camera because that moment was just it was just so insane because when I was looking at the red deer the hare would jump in front of the picture and I have just you know the before that I had the Fox and it was just so it was just so insane how much much happened within a few hours and the Fox let me just jump back to the Fox the Fox when I when I saw that on the other side of this these trees I just need I have to go all the way down to the end but then luckily I found a tiny spot where I could photograph him and with the with the use of the foreground I got this really nice blurry thing a dreamy thing like I got with a woodpecker and this.width Fox very dark because it was so wet wait just walked around out there and it came closer and closer to the point where I was afraid that it should see that it was me sitting there and then it got so close and I think it caught my smell and yeah it then I walked the other way and then disappeared and not to not scare anything but it didn't come back I think it could smell me I think there were some scent hanging there because everything is so wet and there was a tiny bit of wind yeah but that was incredible now when I then continued down then then I saw these hairs and I went out to photograph them this red deer they were just so incredible clothes and they got closer and closer and closer and there there was nothing I could do because I was there sitting in the middle of the field in my 3d camouflage but still I think they were at like I don't know 35 meter six or five or six Red Deer with the small ones and at that point I was just getting afraid of scary scaring them because I was sitting there and at some point they would smell me and at some point they will they will see a small movement so what I tried to do there was I actually tried to back out hey I tried to get away from them again and every time they look down had their back to me it moved back and I almost got all the way back to to where the tree were because then I knew I would be much better much better hidden there but then one of them saw me I think or saw a movement and then they all had their head up and then it was like a staring contest I was sitting there trying to I was just looking down so they couldn't see my face and I could see they were definitely just all staring at me and then they were like took the head up and then they they ran off again no like panic but but they knew I was there so the good thing is hey I could hear them stopping in the forest and when I went back they came out again so they're not been that scared they didn't know it was a human property because of this close so yeah they came out again and but at that point I was already getting out yeah I think what I have learned from this day is sometimes it's just you know in the morning I thought no it's not so good I went out still with the camera cup of coffee and I got the crane pictures and I'm beautiful morning and then now here I got soaked it was raining I was tempted to pack down and all I was almost getting out of here when I realized oh let me just a little more and it really really really paid off and I can't remember when I have had such an opportunity last like so many deer you know so many animals deer foxes hares like within one single evening it's a it's crazy but what a day what a day and yeah I think it's a time for me to get the last of my tea and then it's probably it's late I'm getting tired you can probably hear that it has been a long day early up and late Tibet it's after 11:00 now so let me get my cup of tea and then yeah see you out there

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Just a suggestion Morton, I'm no videographer or vlogger but I was wondering if perhaps you could attach something like a flexible arm (Wimberley "plamp " type thing) to your camera tripod. If you then used a GoPro (or similar) attached to that it would allow you to concentrate on the photography but still get some video footage. I have the manfrotto 502 video head and it has screw sockets on it to allow for attachments. Very entertaining video as always.

  2. Thanks a lot for your work. Again you produced a really great content ! I would appreciate a special video about your camera settings and way of thinking when you're about to press the shutter release button !

  3. I think Morten is fast becoming a YouTube wildlife legend. Morten, Trond Westby, Geoff Cooper, Mark Smith, Steve Mathis and a few others like him are inspiring people to get out a take pictures and enjoy our surroundings and time in nature. I especially like the comments on the videos of these chaps as they are almost always positive and supportive. I wish I had the courage to vlog my experiences such as they are.

  4. Hello morten ive been very curious on what af u use when you take birds,foxes. do move the af points manually or use 3d track or just af c with single point. I hope you will make a video on that

  5. Cool vlog! It felt like sitting down with you in the forest as you told us about your day. And thank you for adding the photo specs. Good luck with your lecture, and have yourself a great weekend out in nature!

  6. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, another great video and thank you so much for taking us along with you. It’s after 2 in the morning and I should be in bed, but I’m sitting outside with my dog and a cup of coffee, watching your video and listening to the bats flying around above my head. There’s no better way to watch your adventures. 😀👍👍👍🇮🇪

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