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You’re only crazy if you don’t get the shot

April 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I began my photography adventure with wildlife.  Five years ago I went on a walk and I just happened to take a point and shoot camera with me.  The rest is history.

When I’m shooting wildlife I primarily focus on birds.  I love the challenge they present as subjects.  Wildlife in general is difficult to photograph but to me birds are a little bit harder yet because it is so easy for them to leave an area.  Once they’re gone sometimes they return and other times it may be years before I see another example of that particular animal.

Because of the inherent difficulty in capturing the subjects and the relative rarity of some of them I feel wildlife photographers in general are willing to go to great lengths to get their shots.  I realized this personally last week.

I spent ten minutes sitting downwind of a VERY dead fish, using a tree as a blind, trying to capture the image I wanted of a Blue Teal.  I didn’t get it.  The animal did not move the direction I anticipated and by the time I was able to readjust it was too late.

Missing my opportunity made me a bit introspective.  I realized you only look crazy if you don’t get your shot.  Walking away with the image you wanted, no matter how uncomfortable, dangerous, or stupid what you had to do to get it was, makes you a photographer.
 


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