Behind the Lens: Life as a Nature Photographer

Ingo Arndt is a professional photographer and wildlife specialist.

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GRIZZLY BEAR
"When they're chasing after salmon, it's safe to get within 20 feet of these bears," says Arndt. "They focus completely on the fishing and are oblivious to you." Made in Lake Clark National Park, AK, with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and 500mm f/4L lens; 1/1000 sec at f/4, ISO 1250.
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CHEETAH AND CUBS
"A trick to capturing wildlife when traveling with a tour group is to distance yourself from the group," says Arndt. "The other photographers and their Jeeps were on the opposite side of the termite hill in Kenya. Only I got the cubs!" Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with 500mm f/4L lens; 1/200 sec at f/5.6, ISO 250.
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RED CRABS
"You have to know your animal's lifecycle and habits," says Arndt. He knew these red crabs spawned only during a new moon, and was there to capture it. Made with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, 580 EX II Speedlite, and 20mm f/2.8 EF lens set to 2 sec at f/19, ISO 100.
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KING PENGUINS
"For photo-graphers new to wildlife, penguins make a great subject, because they have no fear of humans," says Arndt. "There are plenty of tour boats that will take you to South Georgia Island, off Patagonia, and the best time is right after the birds molt in November." Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with 17–40mm f/4L EF lens; f/60 sec at f/19, ISO 200.
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GREATER MOUSE-EARED BATS
"Dress appropriately if you want to photograph sleeping bats," warns Arndt. "After your flash fires, they begin to urinate on you!" Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, three off-camera 580 EXII Speedlites, and a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens; 1/250 sec at f/16, ISO 200.
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