Monday, February 28, 2011
Patience and Persistence
Good photography necessitates learning about composition, lighting, exposure, cameras, lenses, flash, filters ....... the list goes on. It also requires an understanding and knowledge of the subjects you shoot. Equally as important, yet often overlooked in the recipe of great image making is having patience and persistence. Whether you photograph a still life in the studio or a wild animal on the plains of Africa, both are required virtues.
Patience and persistence reward those who persevere. This could come in the form of waiting out the perfect light, passing the time when an animal decides to bed down, spending hours reading photography magazines, or watching a Photoshop DVD. All require an investment of time. But the greatest rewards are often bestowed upon those who dedicate the longest hours.
While we were waiting for the bull to get up and display bull moose like behavior, the photographers who stayed talked shop and shared information about their gear, where and what they shot the past few days, and even some educational gems regarding the mannerisms of moose during the rut. So during our down time, we learned more about photography and where to go to get more shots. The moral of the story is those who left early missed out on both the photography and the learning - patience and persistence do pay off!
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