Photography 101: Trying to Capture the Impossible

Check out this helpful post from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog in his Photography 101 series. This one is on capturing the impossible.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Capturing the impossible. If you’re serious about wildlife photography you have to go where the critters are—there’s just no getting around it. And many of those places are lousy shooting environments, especially jungles and rainforests—they’re usually hot, wet and very dark. Poisonous plants & animals also exacerbate the situation.

Creeping vines, tangle roots and thorny plants abound as well as snakes, spiders, ticks, chiggers and ants (you really don’t want to get bitten by a bullet ant or eyelash viper). I was bitten by a huge Golden Silk Orb-weaver spider in Yucatan, Mexico and was sick for a couple of days. I’ve met hanging vipers but haven’t been bitten by one (yet).

That’s not to say I haven’t been bitten by snakes before. I have. Three times actually. Once by a harmless King Snake and two times by very venomous rattlesnakes in the canyons of Southern California…

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