Shots from the wild

Nature photographer Paul Bannick shares his secrets to success

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How to snap the shots you want


Walk softly and carry a long lens. The biggest challenge with wild animals is getting close enough to take a great image. Powerful zoom lenses are a must.

Shoot during the magic hours. The best light and liveliest wildlife activity are just before and after sunrise and sunset.

Kayak for maximum stealth. "You will see more birds if you approach by kayak," Bannick says.

Be prepared. With most animals, photo­graphers don't get a do-over. Always have the camera ready.

Be patient. There are days when you will come back empty-handed. "Remember," says Bannick, "just being out in nature is the best part."


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