Wildlife Portrait: For greater Intimacy.

Our wildlife friends are worthy of a nice wildlife portrait.  In fact, Wildlife Portrait is rewarding.  Taking picture of wildlife in their environment is tempting.  However there are so many distractions that your wildlife is not at its advantage. When taking a portrait, or a headshot, there is less distraction. Simple picture always work better than more complex one.  When you can, fill the frame and simplify.

This Elephas Maximus, or Asian Elephant, is usually found in Southeast Asia or India.  At last count, there were only 50,000 wild animals.  Asian elephant are highly intelligent.  Is this picture taken in India?  This picture is from Animal Kingdom in Disneyland, Florida. Zoo and other attraction parks like Animal Kingdoms are playing an important role.  By providing information to kids and their parents, they help raise the awareness about the challenges some species are facing.  The Elephas Maximus is an endangered species.  Animal Kingdom contributes, by its education, to give the importance to endangered species.

Taking the picture the way I did help creates intimacy. When taking picture of wildlife you should consider filling the frame and take a Wildlife Portrait.  Doing so, you get more intimate and the picture is appealing to your audience.   While in context picture is interesting and help us appreciated some aspects of wildlife’s activities, portrait is usually more appealing. To better appreciate the challenges elephants face on our planet, take the time to read “An Elephant’s Life” from Caitlin O’Connell.  Timothy Rodwell took great pictures in this book that is available on the Kindle Store for less than 20$:

An Elephant’s Life provides a unique and fascinating immersion into the world of the African elephant, told by a leading field biologist who has been researching and photographing these animals in their natural habitat for nearly two decades. Here, for the first time, readers get a fuller picture of elephant society cast in a broader context, including the life of the male elephant in all its high drama.

Get intimate with your subject; to get to know it.   Doing so, you will be able to show its true nature in picture.  Do you have some Wildlife Portait to share with us?  Use the comment below and link to them.  I want to see your best Wildlife Portait.