Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
There is something so magical about photographing animals in wintry conditions, such as this image of a brown hare in a blizzard. First of all the snow acts like a giant reflector, bouncing light up underneath the subject and giving everything a wonderful even tone with no shadows or dark areas. The animals themselves are always in their winter coats and as such they’re in peak condition, not only to survive the rigours of winter but also in preparation for the imminent breeding season. Meanwhile the landscape, the backdrop against which all images are captured, is transformed into a winter wonderland; a stark, graphic canvas on which the animals can shine. Inevitably there are hardships and challenges for the photographer but winter can be a great way of refining the way that one works. If for example you plan badly then the arctic conditions will find and highlight that flaw in your planning astonishingly quickly, thus enabling the photographer to both learn and to develop their skills but to also realise the importance of good planning and preparation. My main aim in these conditions is always to be as resilient and efficient as possible, with my clothing, my camera gear and my food, as this allows me to endure and to be in the field longer. The longer that I can stick it out the more that I will learn about the animals’ patterns of behaviour, the routes that they might typically take, additional compositional opportunities and it also increases the time span in which good luck has a chance to show its hand. The old adage of ‘the harder I work, the luckier I get’ perfectly sums up the life of the committed wildlife photographer and at the end of each precious snow covered day it’s important that I know that I’ve given it my everything. I have as they say ‘left it all out there’. Work this way and this thoroughly and the images will come but plan badly and you’ll soon be back home with a cup of tea but missing vital opportunities. Your support is so appreciated and so please do #followme now at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @thephotosociety @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo #brownhare #ph
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