© Jonathan & Angela Scott. Canon Ambassadors
Shot on EOS-1D Mark IV; Lens EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Extender EF 1.4x, Exposure 1/160, f/13, ISO 1000
"First light (or last light/evening light) is not only best for photography, it is the best time to search for tigers."
This shot looks like it could be taken somewhere in Europe after the summer.
"It does, but it was taken in Ranthambhore National Park in January - winter time. The strong shapes of the trees in silhouette and the backlight bring it alive. If only there had been a tiger walking along the track. We constantly visualise the shots we want to take so in our minds eye we could see the 'tiger' even though it never appeared!
"You have to get up very early to catch the sun before it becomes too harsh and the misty feel to the forest vanishes. Often by 8am the best light has gone. So you need to know what you're going to do in advance. The longer you spend in an area the more you learn how to read its moods and the behaviour of the animals.
"We all like the thrill of the improvised shot taken on the hoof, but it is wrong to rely on achieving it. Angie, in particular, loves to think it through, building up a mental image bank of shots she wants to take. She thinks about the landscapes, thinks about the detail. You can still come away with a beautiful shot, even if it doesn't have a big star as the subject."