Professional wildlife photographers can make their craft seem far too complicated. They study animal behaviour, deck themselves out in camouflage and spend days or weeks bored in the bush.
I don’t like to brag but take these geese for example. A couple of fly overs and we had the alignment nailed. Though after a second look I’m at a loss to explain how the colour scheme got scrambled. I suspect some adlibbing by the talent.
And it might look like I took this shot of Rocky Mountain Sheep after hiding in a blind waiting for them to show up. We actually practiced for only half an hour before all three could march in perfect step. The key was to make it look natural.
Probably the easiest choreography was getting these elk to look like they were fighting. They were itching to perform so just an “OK boys” was all that was needed to lock antlers. The location had been carefully chosen in front of the mountains.
Just when I thought I had this choreography thing nailed down, I got fouled up by a duck of all things. You would think that after many tries, a duck could figure out how to stay inside the lines. But no, it wandered around wherever it pleased leaving an obvious trail in the algae. I impatiently endured more adlibbing and had to settle for this photo of the duck cruising all over the place.
It turns out choreography may not work with all wildlife. And I haven’t actually tried it with bears yet … maybe I’ll save that for later.