DANSVILLE — The art center featured a local wildlife photographer, and a how to guide on getting some of nature’s most beautiful photos.


Dansville ArtWorks hosted John Adamski as he did a program “Nature in a Nutshell” on April 26.


“I have done wildlife photography for more than 40 years. This has all become second nature to me. This program helps you get into the mindset of a wildlife photographer,” he said. “Wildlife photography is about temperament and equipment. You need to be able to sit still for long periods of time.”


Some of the best camera equipment comes from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Sony. When taking photos you must have a tripod. You don’t want to get too close to the animals. It is important to have several zoom lenses handy.


“I don’t like to change my lens in the middle of a shoot,” Adamski said. “I do most of my shots in auto focus, because the animals don’t stay still for you. I use the burst mode, so that it will continue to take photos until I take my finger off the button. If 10 percent of the photos you take are excellent then you are lucky.”


The rule is that you have to take a ton of photos in order to get a few good ones, and that is the same for wildlife photography.


“Be ready for the unexpected. Always start small by feeding birds, and taking photos of wild birds from your window,” Adamski said. “When it is spring or summer go out into the woods, fields, and marshes. You can get good photos from your vehicle too.”


When you venture out into the wild be sure to bring several tent blinds, and lots of different camouflage outfits. It is also a known fact that animals can smell your human scent and the food you ate for several hundred miles. Be sure to mask your scent by putting small amounts of Imitation Vanilla on your knees.


Sometimes it is nice to go out into the water with a canoe, kayak, or rubber raft. If you do that make sure you keep all of your equipment in a waterproof container.


“We are blessed to have so many National Parks and National Forests,” Adamski said. “My favorite are the National Forests, because they are close to us. You need to be familiar with the wildlife you want to photo. Many photos are better taken early or later in the day. Focus a lot on water, because all animals need water. Once you get the wildlife photography bug you are going to want to travel to get exciting new animals.”


Adamski had traveled to several National Parks in America and Canada to get beautiful photos of exotic animals.


“If I can spend a day in the woods, and bring back one excellent photo I have had a good day,” he said. “My favorite photos are of white tail fawns. It is rare to get photos of newborn or week old fawns. It is a gift that I have been able to do that several times. It is one more great opportunity most people don’t get to experience.”


Adamski would love to head to Alaska for his next big wildlife adventure.