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October 8, 2019

Good morning I’m Sabine from Pangolin
Photo Safaris and I’m out on the Chobe River in Northern Botswana. Right in
front of me is a Fish Eagle which I’m about to photograph and I want to give
you a few tips and tricks how to get a nice photo of this Fish Eagle. The Fish Eagle is sitting on a tree stump
about 15 meters away from me and since it is early morning we have that first
bit of sunlight shining on it which is beautiful. What I’m about to do is take a
few portrait shots of the Fish Eagle first and then after I’m hope he’s going
to take off somewhere and I want to be ready for him in flight. So for the
portrait shot I would go about applying the rule of thirds. You might have heard
about that before. Dividing your screen – two lines going down and two lines across so you did you get nine rectangles. You want to frame your
bird on one of the lines or on the intersections which gives a much more
pleasing composition. So I’m going to shift my focus square. Currently the bird
is looking towards the left hand side which means I’m going to shift my focal
point a little bit over to the right. Roughly where the line will go down.
Then I’m also going to frame him a bit more to the top of my frame,
just to put him on the intersection. So I’ll give him some space no (negative) space as we
call it. Looking towards the left-hand side and I framed a bird more towards
the right-hand side instead of just blotching him in the middle. Ok, perfect. Just to do another
composition he looks very relaxed so I think I have time. I’m gonna change it up
and do a vertical image as well because that tree stump that he’s sitting on is
quite nice so I want to include all of that I’ll just swing the camera around.
This time I need to move my focal square up to the top so I still have it on
the Fish Eagle including the rest as well of the tree stump and since he’s still
looking towards the left-hand side I’ll frame a bit towards the right top hand side. Perfect that looks good. Settings that I’m using here I prefer to shoot on
Manual with automatic ISO. Wildlife is often quick so I need to be too. With Manual & Auto ISO it gives me the flexibility of shooting with full
control over the shutter speed and the aperture – the two really important parts
in my image and the camera will then automatically choose the ISO. I’ve chosen, since he was just sitting there, a shutter speed of 1/1000 since the light is still low and F5.6. Si I have my still shots pocketed now I’m waiting for him to take off. I increase my shutter speed to 1/2500 just to be ready and freeze his wings when he’s flying off and there he starts
looking around. I think he’s seeing something. There he goes! I’ll follow him.
He’s scooping down I don’t know what he has. I keep on clicking – follow him. He’s got a fish! Perfect! Got it on camera! Thank you very much for joining. Please
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