by Scott Stulberg
Most of us love to photograph animals whenever possible because it is such a special thing to capture. One thing that many of us forget to do when shooting animals is to capture small areas or parts of them that have impact also.. We are so mesmerized by the animal in our viewfinder, that we usually frame the whole animal and start shooting. Most of the time these turn out to be some of the best photos of our journeys……but don’t forget the little details. Focusing on smaller sections of the animals can make a pretty profound photograph also.
On my recent trip to Kenya with Jim Zuckerman, we all found the most amazing photo opportunities in the world. But many of the group fell into the same thinking that they had to capture the entire animal in the frame. With your long telephotos, whether in Africa or even the zoo, don’t be afraid to isolate part of your subject and you can open up the possibilities to shots that you may have never thought of before. On these two shots of an elephant, I zoomed in close to show part of her and not the entire body. This can bring out a little more sense of mystery and intrigue and opens up more possibilities for unique images. When photographing animals, try something different like isolating part of the animal. You might end up with something unusual and very special.