Posts Tagged ‘Photographing Wildlife Courses



A little indulgence took me back again the other week to photograph the otters that have been showing well in South Norfolk.

There’s something quite magical about these creatures. These four individuals have become habituated to the presence of passers-by and routinely appear during daylight hours. This is completely at odds with the normal habits of a nocturnal mammal. Below is a selection of shots I thought you may like. In due course some of these will appear on the Wildcatch site.

Otter 1. Otter 2. Otter 3. Otter 4. Otter 5. Otter 6. Otter 7. Otter 8. Otter 9. Otter 10.


Too close to ignore

There are only so many times you can be told something before you are obliged to do what you are asked.

Before I went to Tenerife three people sent me e-mails saying I really should go to south Norfolk to see a family of Otters that had seemingly lost all inhibition and were showing very well. Upon my return I attended a meeting at which a very good photographer said if I had not been I should visit the Otters. At that point I thought to myself I ought to go and see these Otters. I’m glad I did.

Walking down the river bank the sun was intermittently exchanging places with snow clouds; warm then cold. Greetings of ‘You should have been here half an hour ago’ weren’t encouraging but we stood our ground and the Otters eventually showed. Showed? … that’s an understatement really. The Otters ‘invaded’ would be more appropriate. Three animal swam up the river, left the water and were around my feet. Too close for focus. Too much lens! Then they were gone. Enigmatic and transient they left as quickly as they arrived; but not before they offered a shot or two.



One for the photographers – Listen to your tutor

Sometimes you get told something and abide by it when in fact it’s just not necessary. I remember being told that the more I save a JPEG file the more it loses quality through repeated compression. They are right it does, it has to by the very nature of what a JPEG is, but I decided to shoot a photograph and save it and save it again and again and so on for fifty occasions. I printed the first and last photos to A2 size and I’ll be buggered if I could tell the difference between them. I’m sure if the photos had been splashed over something the size of a billboard the original would have been better but for all intense and purposes it’s a fact that has got blown up out of proportion to its relevence.

I always shoot in RAW format for various reasons which we wont go into now. This requires a RAW converter to get the file into a readable format. I shoot with Canon equipment and Canon has a RAW converter within the software that comes on the disc when you buy one of their cameras.

My tutor always said that Canon’s own RAW converter was the best and eliminated noise in photographs at high ISO’s better than any other RAW converter when using a Canon camera. I never liked using the Canon software to process my photos because it never offered me the flexibility that Photoshop offered me. I like Photoshop Elements it’s simple and to be honest I’m used to it, so I thought why change. I always therefore used Photoshop Elements and the ‘built in’ RAW converter.

I recently bought a new 5D Mkiii Canon body and the RAW converter within my existing copy of Photoshop Elements wouldn’t convert the RAW file. There’s no official standard for RAW files – they keep changing the format every so often for newer cameras within each Camera brand let alone between brands so I would need to upgrade my copy of Photoshop. Rather than buying the latest version of Photoshop the cheapest way of doing this was to download a free copy of Adobe DNG Converter that could handle the newer format files. This would add another process to my workflow but I can handle that, no worries.

If I was adding another process to my workflow the thought struck me I could also use the Canon Converter and then edit the photograph in Photoshop just the same as I’ve always done. So I decided to convert a few photos; some with the Adobe DNG, some with the Canon converter and compare the results just to see which were best. Just to see if my tutor was right!

The following are incredibly large crops to show the noise at its worst. Other than conversion and cropping no other processing in or outside the camera has yet taken place; so no sharpening or colour balancing. The noise would be magnified incredibly when sharpened. The images have been kept deliberately small so you can compare the two on one screen.

Me thinks I should have been listening to my tutor long ago.

200iso Canon Convertor

200iso Canon Converter

200iso Adobe Convertor

200iso Adobe Converter

4000iso Adobe Convertor

4000iso Adobe Converter

4000iso Canon Convertor

4000iso Canon Converter

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Feb 2023


%d bloggers like this: