“The Secret Keeper” – Surrey, UK – Matt Binstead – Featured Photographer
Charlie’s Super Fantastic Photo Tip of the Day: Great opportunities are everywhere. Try your own “backyard” first for interesting images.
Matt didn’t have to travel around the world to get this really cute harvest mouse image. He just needed to go to work. http://www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk. Read below to find out how he set up this great image then check out his portfolio HERE. And blog HERE.
I am privileged to live and work at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey, UK. We are home to over 40 species of British wild animals and work hard to educate the public about our, often overlooked, wildlife as well as play an active role in the conservation of British animals. http://www.britishwildlifecentre.co.uk
Most of my photography is of the animals where I work, and so in a captive environment. When taking captive photos I try to capture something different, something that would be very difficult if not impossible to take in the wild.
The harvest mouse is one of the smallest mammals in Britain, but is full of character. The Centre needed a simple portrait shot so I set this up by using two bits of corn in a plant pot. I knew that if they were close enough together the mouse would use them like stilts to climb up. I got the photo I was after, but then just before I packed up the mouse settled down enough to just sit there and start having a wash… It is these moments which can turn a good photo into a unique one, and so I snapped away. He was very fast with his paws but I was lucky enough to capture the image above. The mouse is washing, but I think it looks like he has a big secret to keep and is trying hard to hold his mouth shut so he doesn’t spill it. It is still one of my favorite photos I have ever taken.
Camera Nikon D300s
Lens Nikon 70-200VRII
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