EYE to EYE
One of the things I like to practice is changing my lens perspective and trying to capture creatures from a different viewpoint. Often this means getting down low and trying to position myself eye-to-eye. It is not always easy as some of the smaller beings like to stay in hidden places that are not always comfortable when you are lying on your stomach. Shooting with my 300mm lens I have a minimum focus range of 1.5M allowing me enough distance to keep my shadow away from the animal. This is particularly important with the “shelled” critters as it discourages them from being startled and pulling their heads back into their homes. With this lens and perspective I see lines, textures and details I would likely never notice-like the scales underneath a turtles foot and the long, and very pointy claws. There is something very peaceful about lying still for 10 minutes watching a turtle move towards you… the world kind of stops.