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I inherited my love of animals from my father who took me for walks in the woods when I was young. We turned over logs looking for salamanders and checked treetops for colorful birds.
For me, the pursuit of wildlife photography has a calming influence over my life. When photographing, I am so focused on my subject, that I forget everyday problems and concerns. Even if I never take a shot, each situation provides me with a mental database that helps me to capture better images in the future and provides me with wonderful memories and interesting stories to share.
I am curious by nature and love the challenges that wildlife photography presents. I enjoy trying to understand and predict behavior. When intently observing an animal, I often instinctively sense what is going to happen next as my subconscious recalls past encounters and visual cues. This ability helps me capture action and unique behavior.
Patience & Perseverance
Patience and perseverance are critical if you want great wildlife photographs. I sometimes wait for hours or return day after day to capture the shot I am looking for.
Identify the Attraction
When photographing a subject, it is important to identify what initially attracted you to it. Is it the lighting, reflections, surprising behavior, unique appearance, etc.? Once you realize what caught your eye, you can select the lens, camera position, settings, and lighting, that best captures your thoughts at that time.
In the field, I continuously try to refine my images as I spend time with my subject, attempting to make each photo better than the last. I adjust distance and angles of view as needed. I often hold down the shutter, firing a continuous series of shots in order to capture the perfect pose.
Avoiding Background Distractions
I always check the background behind my subjects for distractions–bright colors, hot spots, strong forms, etc. I often will opt for a long focal length lens because its narrow angle of view allows me to dramatically change the background with just minor shifts in camera position. By shooting my subject at eye-level, I can better isolate it because the background is often distant and outside of my depth of field.
Capturing the Unusual and Unexpected
I love capturing the unique aspects of an animal’s morphology and behavior.
To judge the impact of a photograph, I sometimes imagine it hanging on the wall in a gallery. I close my eyes for a second and then open them, examining the photo as if seeing it for the first time. Then I ask myself, is it a striking image that holds my attention? Does it evoke an emotion? Have I seen this scene a million times before or is it unusual? If these and other answers are yes, then I am satisfied.