Day 23: Nature photography
Originally, this was meant to be a “wildlife photography” challenge. But the fact that I don’t live in a rural area, nor going to the London Zoo on a weekday is something I can do, I opted in for something in between.
Ducks. Yes, ducks. I was going for foxes, but those animals are too scared to be around humans in broad daylight.
Whilst I don’t have an easy access to the London Zoo, there is a man-made canal walk nearby my house where you get a few different animals living there. Mainly ducks.
The challenge clearly indicated that one of the hardest subjects to photograph are animals. You’re unable to predict their movements and you can’t direct them to pose for you. And this is true for “not so wild” animals as well.
Birds can be unpredictable and, I must say, they don't seem to be at ease when someone points a massive lens at them.
I had a hard time composing the right picture, making sure my subjects were in focus, and snapping a photo at the right time.
I had my shutter at around 1:120 with a wide open aperture of f/1.8 at 200 ISO throughout the entire day. I wanted to freeze any unnecessary movement, but at the same time isolate my subject with a nice bokeh.
In all honesty, this is not one of my favourite themes or type of photography. But I feel nice completing the challenge.