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iN PHOTOS: Thompson Okanagan photographers capture stunning wildlife images

This bird was spotted at a feeder in Logan Lake.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Loekie Van Der Wal
February 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Thompson Okanagan photographers are capturing wildlife through their lenses.

Locals are posting their stunning images in well-known Facebook groups and around on Instagram, sharing everything from bighorn sheep, to owls.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Dennis Kitto

Want to take better wildlife photos for yourself?

Brenda Tharp, author of the book "Expressive Nature Photography" has a few tips.

The best animal photos reveal the subject's behaviour or personality, Tharp says. Take time to observe the animals and wait for the best shot. But be ready to capture the action when it happens. Simpson recommends a fast shutter speed to avoid missing the shot.

Keep the animal's eye in focus.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Bonnie Pryce

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Jason Foster @lost.in.bc

Becoming a better photographer will mean understanding shutter speeds and apertures, Tharp said. The right shutter speed can mean the difference between freezing the motion of a moving animal or ending up with a blur. When photographing something in motion — an animal, bird or waterfall — give precedence to shutter speed over aperture, which is the amount of light being allowed into the lens.

If controlling the sharpness of the background is the goal, prioritize aperture, because it defines the depth of what will be in focus, she said.

"Experimenting with different apertures and shutter speeds on your subject will quickly show the various effects," Tharp said.

READ MORE: Tips for taking better photos of your garden and wildlife

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