Went to the Blair Drummond safari park in Fife, Scotland on a sunny day in June of this year . Used the Canon 7D and 1D MK III from within the car and through the windows. Lenses were the Canon 300mm F2.8 L IS and a Canon 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II. A Canon x2 extender II were used as well.
Overall a learning process, I feel these photos are a good example of my first attempt and on the next visit I’ll be better prepared.
Few things I picked up on:
- Try to take your photos as best you can while excluding any vehicles and fences.
- Prepare your equipment on the passenger seat and change equipment over as need be.
- Don’t worry about cars behind you they can over take if the road is wide enough.
- Sometimes you will get a better clarity on your photo if you have a open window, it’s not always possible though for example being in the lion’s enclosure (wash the windows before going to the Safari park helps as well).
- Having a extender helps a lot if the animal is a far distance away or for close ups but if the animal doesn’t want to move then there’s nothing you can do. The tigers didn’t move in the time I stood ready with the camera so that’ll have to wait for my next visit.
- Take your time, don’t be rushed or you’ll miss a perfect photo opportunity.
- Check your settings over before you start taking photos. I reset my camera back to default and didn’t realise I was shooting in jpg on the 1D till I edited the photos.
Here’s some of the photos I took on the day.
Photographs by Jacques …