Finally got the Koala


posted on 9th of february, 2013

Living in Australia provides some great opportunities to take wildlife photos. There is a location close by that has loads of Koala's. I must have a thousand photos but they are all looking up and the sky is overblown.

We had guests a few weeks ago and we went to show them the Koala's. I said to my self that the mission of the day was to get a photo that I could upload and get accepted. Finally I got the shot, it has been accepted. I am not sure how well it will sell though as koala has a somethings on display that would be better hidden.



It is a shame that the watermark is covering the most important part of the photo.


I think in the future when taking photos of subjects I have done before and that may be wothwhile as stock I am going to set myself the mission of getting at least one that will get accepted. This should force me to think of new ways to photograph the subject.

Comments (7)

Posted by Unteroffizier on February 10, 2013
Its okay, try harder every time you have a chance to. I am not sure how long the duration you will spend there whenever you take the photos. Maybe if you are serious about taking more Koala pictures you can spend like up to a day there everytime?
Posted by Swelsh1 on February 10, 2013
It is hard to find them awake. They are usually high in the trees with lots of food around. Will try and find one that is lower down. Or get a lens that zooms further.
Posted by Unteroffizier on February 10, 2013
I am not sure if feeding the Koala is proper maybe you can bring some food over the next time and see if it will climb down?
Posted by Snookless on February 09, 2013
.....And what a great job you did getting them!! Congrats!
Posted by Swelsh1 on February 09, 2013
Hi BCritchley, Thanks for the advice, I understand fully what you are saying and it was one of my thoughts. Unfortunately in this case the Koala was quite far away and I couldn't zoom in any closer. Good advice on the use of the fill flash as it has been commented elsewhere that uneven lighting is a problem.
Posted by BCritchley on February 09, 2013
Congratulations and I wish you many sales but have you checked out the best selling koala in tree pictures? It's going to have some tough competition from the likes of:
   Hold on Tight to Your Dreams       Cute koala mother and baby       Koala Bear #1   

With a centered composition I think it would help to have had more of the subject filling the frame, this requires more work form you thus making a photograph compared to a snapshot. Better selling images IMHO tend to fill the picture so that the buyer can see it and not be paying for all those branches and empty space. Fill flash could have also helped light those shadows somewhat. Hope you don't mind my points but I thought them more useful than just saying it's a cute koala. I hope you keep up the good work and move forward from only worrying about getting one that will be accepted from a shoot to worrying about getting the best shot that will/can compete with better selling shots and actually generate you some...(More)
Posted by Unteroffizier on February 09, 2013
Does it ever climb down from the tree?



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