Recently my dad bought me a remote camera trigger for my Lumix which I thought I could have all sorts of fun with… a couple of days later I was reading one of the BBC’s Wildlife magazines and was reading the ‘improve your nature photography’ article which featured a photo of a rabbit jumping by Paul Hobson. (see below)

 

I thought this photo was really interesting and the article gives some good tips on how to get an image like his one. These are things like ‘Get down low’ to the level of your subject, ‘Find a path less trodden’ and don’t stick to pathways.

I never thought I could get an image like Hobson’s seeing as he has won a whole army of awards like the European photographer of the year 2010 (category winner), Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 (specially commended), German international Wildlife Photography Competition 2008 (Highlights) and British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 (finalist). He has also done Royal Mail Endangered British Mammals stamps in April 2010 and has featured on the covers of 3 Wildlife magazines. All the images go to with these titles are in the slideshow below:

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A little about Paul Hobson:

Hobson is an English photographer from Manchester who went to Sheffield University and got a degree in Environmental science specialising in wildlife. He then trained as a teacher and worked as a lecturer in environmental science for 20 years before becoming a full time wildlife photographer.

Today he uses a Canon EOS with a variety of lenses. He says: ‘I write a monthly wildlife article for Derbyshire Life and I am Amateur Photographers wildlife photography master class expert for 2010. I am also a contract holder with Natural England and have responsibility for wildlife photography throughout the East Midlands and Peak District.’

But anyway, I went out last night and tried to photographs some rabbits. It went disastrously, because it was dark I needed a flash which scared the rabbits away from me. To try to reconcile this I got a flash light which really didn’t so much to resolve the situation. I ended up with some very poor shots in the end. However, this has taught me a massive lesson for not to go out unprepared. For this type of photography I need to be subtle in how I move around wild animals and maybe take some food out for them to lure them closer to me. Also, a longer lens would make the photos a lot easier to obtain because I wouldn’t have to spook them by getting too close.

I dived in at the deep end and have learnt my lesson. I shall now start out in the day time and work my way back to night time photography. One of these days ill get that photo, put it on my blog and you will all be memorized!

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