TravelKS.com Kansas Official Travel Guide 29 far left: The sun rises over Mt. Sunflower, the highest point in Kansas. lower left: Clinton, Milford and Tuttle Creek reservoirs host Eagle Days each January. left and below: Find respite along the banks or amid the greenery around Tuttle Creek. HARLAND J. SCHUSTER TUTTLE CREEK RESERVE TUTTLE CREEK RESERVE HARLAND J. SCHUSTER TIP 2: Control camera shake Telephoto lenses are great for capturing close-up photos. Telephoto lenses can also magnify camera shake. A good rule of thumb for avoiding camera shake when hand-holding your camera is to make sure your shutter speed is greater than one over the focal length of your lens. If you are using a 300 mm lens, set your shutter speed to 1300 or faster. A tripod, or other brace, can also help. TIP 3: Watch your background If you are photographing wildlife you already know what your subject is, but check the background behind the subject. It is really easy to miss something behind the subject with your attention locked on the subject. You dont want a telephone pole, road sign or power line sprouting from the head of the wildlife you are photographing. Keep an eye out for bright areas in the background, too. These will distract from your subject and draw viewers attention away from the wildlife. TIP 4: Have patience You need to have patience waiting for wildlife to appear or to behave the way you would like them to. Having patience may also mean going back to a location over a period of time to get the photo you really want. The wildlife may appear, but you may also need to wait for the light to be right to really create a dramatic photograph of your subject. TIP 5: Respect the wildlife Photography is a great way to spend time outside, and it is really rewarding to create a photograph you are proud of, but always remember to respect wildlife and dont risk stressing your subject or putting it at risk in any way just to get the shot. There will be another opportunity if you stick with it (and that gives you another excuse to go back out and enjoy nature). Point shoot POINTERS Spotting wildlife is great adventure, and sharing photos of the great discoveries is an absolute must. The following tips for the aspiring nature photographeror those just wanting to prove they actually saw a bisoncome from Scott Bean, one of Kansas top landscape and nature photographers. TIP 1: Know your subject I think knowing as much about your subject as you can helps any type of photography, but especially for wildlife. Knowing the habits [of the animals] can help put you in the right place at the right time to create the best photo you can. You want to put yourself in the best light possible, but you also have to be out there when the wildlife is.