Photograghs-Substance or Just Luck?


The reality of wildlife photography is …

that wildlife generally does not sit around waiting for the photographer, nor does it necessarily come into range. That means the one taking pictures has a lot of sitting around to do. You might find Canada Geese and some ducks easily within range, but is that substantive images?


It is if you have nice lighting and can make something of nothing in a way.

I think many would say I run across quite a lot of birds and animals in my travels, but the truth is, you only get what nature gives you. Sometimes things come together and most times they don’t. You don’t always have an eagle flying overhead.


The good wildlife photographers make it look so easy too, like they walk outside and there is a bird preening for the camera. But as anyone who does try to shoot wildlife knows, it is a tough subject to photograph and on top of that do it well.


The animals and birds are not always a willing subject, so that may take learning their behavior and how much the wildlife will tolerate.


So much depends on the weather, which is not always accommodating either. There is always the trees and forest to see what can be found.


Most times, especially if photographing in nature, you just have to take what you can get.


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13 Responses to Photograghs-Substance or Just Luck?

  1. David says:

    All the photos are nice but I love the second one with the water and the trees on the back. Reminds me of the “exploring” I used to do in the woods when I was a little kid.

  2. So much the trueth what you wright down here … The professionals sometimes sit for days to make that perfect shot, it is not like a single walk like the most of us do.
    Never the less you show some beauties here specialy 1, 2 and 3

  3. aussiebirder says:

    So true Donna, I reckon bird photography is one of the most challenging skills to master, especially with some of the very small fast birds that live deep inside the forest canopy An as I have said many times, quoting Forrest Gump “Its like a box of chocolates, you do not know what you will get”.

    • donna213 says:

      You are right. Often well known photographers never credit those that shoot the little birds. It is far more difficult to focus on a tiny bird high in the trees, let alone in flight.

  4. Like an acrobat, you make it look easy!

  5. Your results speak for themselves. Some of this depends on whether you’re a birder that takes pictures or a photographer who birds. Or maybe a combination of both.

  6. I like the photos and the lighting. Learning the behaviour of your subject is so important. And so is knowing where to go and when.And having a good eye, as you do.Substance or Luck? I would say a little of both.

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