Amazing Product Absolutely Makes Wildlife Photography Easier

What’s in Her Bag

 

Anette Mossbacher profiles an important piece of equipment that she uses in her professional wildlife photography. These ongoing equipment tips can help you in your wildlife, landscape, and nature photography efforts.

 

Famous African animals, African leopard walking in grassland, motion blue picture, taken in Botswana

Focused and intent, this adult leopard races past Anette’s camera at breakneck speed. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

“Wildlife photography is a lot like detective work. You search, you sit, you wait, and you watch, and when the moment you’ve been waiting/searching for arrives, it can be over in seconds- and you better be ready.”

– Anette Mossbacher

Many of us own a tripod with a gimbal head or other, because we know that this is a very important piece of equipment for many forms of photography.

 

African Savannah Camelthorn Tree Acacia, African landscape pictures taken early morning, the savannah of the Etosha pan with tree in front, taken by Landscape Photographer

Long telephoto lenses- affords great composition when photographing the distant landscapes of Africa. This Camelthorn Acacia Tree becomes dominant in the shot, due to the optical quality known as ‘compression’; Anette’s telephoto lens compresses the foreground and background of this scene in Etosha National Park. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Photographs, such as the Camelthorn tree (above), require a good solid sturdy tripod when capturing an image with a telephoto lens. This is to prevent camera shake from ruining the shot. These same extreme telephoto lenses are also perfect for wildlife photography.

“However, there is a problem on the wildlife side of things that requires a different solution, and that is why I’m digging into my camera bag for you today. I want to share my solution with you!”

 

Hyena cub is lying on the ground looking into the camera

This hyena cub stares inquisitively at Anette and her camera from some distance away. When photographing cubs of any form of wildlife, it is important to keep your distance, or the moment could become quite dangerous. This is just one example of where the extreme telephoto lens is very useful for wildlife photography. •  Photograph by Anette Mossbacher.

 

Let’s identify the problem (alluded to above).

Wildlife does not sit still. It moves constantly. Also, they often keep their distance, and if they don’t, it is in the photographer’s best interest to keep that distance for them. This requires often the use of longer telephoto lenses when photographing wildlife. Many of us are aware of the techniques and issues that come with long telephoto lenses, and if you aren’t; these are one of the many subjects that I discuss in my workshops and private photo tours. 

A primary concern is always camera shake, which is why for landscape photography (when the subject sits still) a tripod is the perfect tool. However, wildlife photography typically requires a different solution.

 

“I’m reaching into my camera bag…”

 

FujiFilm X-H1 attached to a Eckla Sphere base, which sits on a big beanbag on a car window

Wildlife photography requires stabilizing the camera, while also providing extreme mobility. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

In the above photograph, you can see my setup for stabilizing the camera when I am using my telephoto lenses, but I also require mobility and portability. This setup is comprised of three pieces of gear. I will highlight each of them for you. However, the one piece that I think you will find the most interesting is the ECKLASPHERE Swing Tripod.

 

ECKLASPHERE Sphere with quick release bracket sitting on a beanbag. Big lens is attached to quick release plate

The beanbag, quick release bracket, and ECKLASPHERE viewed up close. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

The ECKLASPHERE is the round gray disk attached to the bottom of my lens in the above picture.

However, before I delve into that…

Here is something that you may not be aware of – especially if you’ve never traveled to Africa to photograph wildlife, but you have a desire to. In the National Parks, you are not allowed to exit the vehicle. This is to protect the wildlife and the environment. And also to protect you!

 

ECKLASPHERE Sphere on a big beanbag in a car window. Big telephoto lens is attached to it

There are many different devices to secure a camera and lens to the window or door of a car or truck. The above setup is superior for wildlife photography. Read on to find out why. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

I like the use of the beanbag. It offers good support. However, it does not work well when you must pan or swivel your camera quickly and smoothly, which you will often do when photographing wildlife.

The ECKLASPHERE Swing Tripod offers a stable platform on top of the beanbag support, but now… I can swivel my camera with ease.

 

Ecklasphere with a quick release plate attached standing on ground

The final piece of this setup is a ‘quick release’ plate. I use these plates on all of my cameras and support devices. For example, I can quickly detach my camera from a tripod and move to the ECKLASPHERE in mere seconds. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher.

 

Ecklasphere with a quick release, including tools to attach the quick release

This photograph details the components of the ECKLASPHERE and quick release bracket. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Why is this setup superior? You ask!

“You are smart! I knew you would ask this!” In the car or jeep, it is a superior method because it allows me to move very quickly from one window to the next. Imagine a lion approaches your jeep, and then circles it several times, as wildlife will often do, and your camera is stuck mounted to the window on one side. You will miss three sides! “Not Anette! I’m flying from window to window, because I am mobile with my ECKLASPHERE.” This is in my opinion an excellent tool!

 

Ghost crab standing right beside a wave coming in from the sea. Many bubbles

I captured this ghost crab on the beach in Africa, as he checked me out. For this captured, I used my ECKLASPHERE. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Walrus is sitting on the beach, behind the sunrise with clouds and the Arctic sea

This walrus soaks up the light of the setting Sun. For this shot, I also used my ECKLASPHERE. •  Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

The above two photographs illustrate several other advantages to my ECKLASPHERE setup.

      • I can quickly and easily stabilize the camera from a very low angle.
      • It is very lightweight and easy to carry for long distances.
      • I can easily move my camera and the stabilizing platform, as the subject moves.

 
You can imagine that some movement on my part was critical to capturing the ghost crab in a close, perfectly composed, photograph. She was a quick little creature, and it was absolutely necessary to photograph her from a very low angle to see her amazing features. I also had to move frequently when photographing the arctic walrus, as he kept shifting his position to warm up different parts of his body with the sunshine.

 

Ecklasphere turned upside down to show the round bottom for the use in the field

The design of the ECKLASPHERE makes it not only portable, but it also allows maximum flexibility for composition- by easily adjusting the camera angle. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

If you closely study the above photograph of the ECKLASPHERE, you can see that there is a slight flattened bottom section, and then it gently tapers upward – toward the top of the sphere.

 

Side view of the ECKLASPHERE Sphere with a big lens attached

A side view of the ECKLASPHERE shows the unique shape that allows for stability and angle adjustment. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

This curve is an excellent engineering detail! Imagine, that you have framed up your perfect wildlife photograph. However, the animal is moving. You notice that a slight change of angle on the camera would create a much better composition. Now, imagine that you are fumbling around with the locking knobs of your tripod, as you watch your picture dissipate into history. With the ECKLASPHERE, you steady the camera and with a fluid gentle movement, you tip to create your composition – fast, easy, smooth, and steady!

 

Black and white fine art photo of an African elephant walking towards to waterhole in Botswana

A gentle tip on the ECKLASPHERE creates a dramatic portrait of this fine fellow, while also keeping the horizon line straight in a perfect composition! • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

There you have it my friends, a highly useful suggestion for your wildlife kit!

      • Sturdy beanbag support
      • Quick Release brackets
      • The ECKLASPHERE Swing Tripod

 
When you choose to join me on a photography workshop, or a photo adventure tour, I can teach you the finer points of using this remarkable stabilizing platform.

 

Wild Animals Photographs – Amazing Photographs for Every Space

Amazing Photographs for Every Project or Space

There are few photographs for a home or office as powerful as wild animals photographs, especially African animal photo prints. No matter what the space is, from classic Gothic to ultra-modern, photographs from the natural world can enhance any space, bringing photographs of a world without man into human spaces.

Wild animals photographs are as well for magazines, books, commercial or marketing and even for designing your website. Nature, wildlife and landscape photographs, the asset for web designers, marketers and business owners. Distinctive and memorable nature photographs are available for your immediate high resolution download in my photo galleries with rights managed or royalty free license.

I have been photographing nature and wildlife from Africa to the Arctic, from Southeast Asia to Japan, and I know that these are photographs are more than simply beautiful. They inspire emotions that humans have been feeling for millions of years.

 

Wild Animals photographs, African Elephant Bulls Fight in the savannah of the Etosha national park in Namibia

Two African elephant bulls fight in the savannah of Africa

Wild Animals Pmages for the Office, Editorial or Designers

Decorating An Office or a Website

Decorating an office or a website can be a difficult affair. It’s important to avoid any pictures that display a political ideology or religion. In the world of business, as all businesses become more global, the risk of alienating customers is a very real.

Many of the classic pictures from museums have a religious origin. Many modern art photographs are inscrutable and a bit off-putting for those who don’t understand the picture itself.

Wild animals photographs, such as the African wildlife photo prints and photographs from the Arctic, carry none of those stigmas. These pictures are relaxing and fit most decor, including the very modern to the classic stylings.

Many of these photographs also convey a certain mood and attitude. Here are a few examples:

      • Photos of elephants are excellent in an office where strength and stability are sought. Established law offices and accountants would find these types of photographs convey a solidity and reliability that they’re seeking.
      • Lions, tigers, and leopards are excellent for offices where aggressive power is preferred. Defense attorneys’, stock brokers’, and sports agents’ offices would be excellent.
      • Polar bears are perfect for offices, like technology companies. The white bear, white background, and the clean lines are excellent for the open spaces that many of the offices have.

 

African Lion B&W Art picture, fine art photograph for photo prints. Lion looking proudly back to his pride in the savannah

African Lion black and white photograph. This Lion was looking back to his pride

Wild Animals photographs for Home

Every home decor can be home for wild animals photographs and nature photographs. Putting pictures up in nearly any home can help to add beauty and inspiration.

In a traditional country home, photos of animals from the local area are great. Homes that are more gothic or classical in design would be ideally complemented by photo prints of lions and other large cats.

Most importantly, choosing a style of photo that best fits the homeowner’s vision and ideas will be perfect. There are many choices that are amazing for every decor.

Some of my favourite photographs are the ones that I’ve taken of some of the world’s rarest wildlife, even the ones that I haven’t seen yet.

      • Black rhinos are so rare that there are only five thousand left in the world. Looking into their eyes as I took their picture I felt a love for them that was indescribable.
      • Curious, fearless, and adorable, the honey badger is a gorgeous animal that I was so excited to see in the wild.
      • Africa’s wild dogs are endangered. They were fun to watch and a bit terrifying. These pack animals can be at once playful and vicious.
      • There are penguins in Africa. On the list of animals that most beloved being cute and fun, penguins are at the top. African penguins are wonderful to watch.
      • A creature that looks like a prehistoric nightmare, the pangolin is like an anteater wearing a suit of armor.
      • The African black-footed cat looks like a house cat, but it’s not. It’s the smallest wild cat in Africa.
      • Aardvarks are slightly comical and make us want to stop and look more closely. (Not yet.)
      • Panthers are more than just scary. They are incredibly beautiful and mysterious, like a sliver of nighttime that has come to life. (Nope. Not this one yet either.)
      • Last not least, the lions and polar bears.

 
I haven’t been able to photograph all of the animals. Many are endangered or in decline.

 

Polar Bear standing at a rocky beach on a big boulder overlooking the Arctic Ocean in Svalbard Norway

Polar Bear standing at the edge on a beach overlooking the Artic Ocean in Svalbard / Norway

Color vs Black and White Photo Prints

Making the choice between black and white and color photographs is more than simply a matter of taste.

Colors evoke a mental state that arises spontaneously!

What the color of an photograph does for the emotions?

When choosing between color and black white animal photos, the feeling that a black and white photograph gives can change the meaning of the photo. For example, an photograph of a cheetah in black and white adds a bit of mystery and a classic feeling to the photograph. In color, there’s power and a feeling that this fantastic cat might take off at record speeds.

Photographs of elephants in black and white feel rustic, like the photographs of these majestic creatures from a time when there were fewer people in the world. In color, the gray and dark shadows of the elephant against the golden grass of a savannah or the green of jungle give a feeling that the animal is an alien creature in a brightly colored world.

Emotions and animals
As I’ve been pointing out, the emotions that animals evoke in us are visceral and intense. Pictures of wolves still give us a tiny twinge of fear. Lions and cheetahs empower us and make us feel like we can conquer the whole world. Photographs of elephants evoke strong emotions of safety and love.

 

Wild Animal, African Leopard stalking down a big tree trunk in Botswana.Eye focus on prey

This African leopard had a group of Impalas in its eyes while stalking down a big tree trunk

African Animal Prints – Capturing for Conservation

The only shooting that should be going on in Africa is shooting with cameras. While it might seem like a small gesture, purchasing photographs of animals in endangered areas, such as elephants in Africa or polar bears in the Arctic, provides more incentive for people to protect and conserve these majestic animals and their habitat.

As part of my life as a photographer, I have worked hard to make sure that I record photographs of these majestic wildlife and their habitats. As I noted in the list of animals above, I haven’t been able to photograph many of these animals because they are so rare.

Purchasing quality photographic prints from photographers, like me who lead photographic safaris, is a perfect way to promote eco-tourism. When these animals are more valuable alive for tourists than they are dead for some hunters wall, there will be a much larger push to promote conservation.

Wild animals photographs for you. No matter what wild animals photographs you choose, in black and white or color, you are bringing a piece of nature, often rare and endangered, into your project or home.