We’re excited to announce a new monthly feature: wildlife hotspots.
Wildlife photography is hard for a host of reasons.
You battle the elements – the worse the weather, the better the odds of seeing wildlife.
You’re shooting early in the morning and late in the evening when light is often at a premium.
You have to constantly weigh shutter speed versus ISO versus aperture settings to capture an image you might – might – have a few seconds to nail.
You need long lenses, a good eye, and extreme patience.
And of course you have to make sure that you and the subject are safe. At all times.
So when you travel to a new location, the last thing you want to do is spend an extraordinary amount of time searching for animals in places where the odds are stacked against the chances of a sighting.
No matter how well versed you are in the ecology of a specific species, without knowing the habits of the animals in the region you’re visiting, it can be impossible to capture certain wildlife images.
Thanks to field time, research and a network of wildlife experts, Jill and I have come to know many individual animals, increasing our odds of getting ‘the shot’.
But we want you to get the shot too: to help rekindle your love for nature; to enable you to become inspired by wildlife; and to equip you to become an advocate for a wilder world at home.
Once a month (the fourth Friday of every month), we’ll feature a wildlife hotspot, a reasonably accessible place where you too can find the animals you want to photograph. And while animals move and areas change, the places we feature are almost always good bets for wildlife photography.
(Two caveats: there will be some locations we will not reveal for the safety of the animals and we will never reveal locations that have been given to us in confidence, for one reason or another.)
Our first wildlife hotspot? On March 28th we’ll look at Kananaskis Country’s Highwood Pass – a slam dunk location for grizzly bear photography.