Well my trip to the Hunter Valley last week to photograph the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard turned more into a wildlife shoot than one to shoot landscape images of the local vineyards. On my arrival things were still pretty dark as I like to get on location nice and early. I knew that shooting into a dark vegetation foreground and a morning sky was going to be challenging so I decided to wait for the light to even out a bit. While waiting I spotted a Kangaroo about 50 meters away with the morning light behind him. Can’t get more Aussie than that.
Grabbing my Canon 7D with the 400mm lens I cranked up the ISO to a respectable level and lined up my shot, my shutter speed was still way to slow at this focal length but I didn’t mind the result, which I shot as he bounced off when I was pushing my luck with getting closer.
For the rest of the morning while the light was still warm I drove around looking for anything that caught my eye. More local wildlife from Wallabies in high grass to horses grazing in paddocks outside of the Hunter Valley Gardens was all that I could find. While shooting the horses I crossed the road to set up and could hear this sound behind me, I turned around to see my Jeep Wrangler rolling down the hill, forgot the hand break. Idiot.
My collection of photos in the Hunter Valley can be seen in my online gallery.