I always expected photographing wildlife would be difficult – it’s just part of my naturally optimistic nature.
After a few years of chasing wild creatures, I now expect to:
- Wander aimlessly for hours and find nothing
- Catch glimpses of animal butts bounding away at the first sight of me
- Get blurry photos after someone forgot to change the camera settings
- Watch a branch miraculously grow right across a creature that finally stopped moving
- See a rock rise up from the earth and hide a bear precisely when I hit the shutter
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It just comes with the territory. And most of the time it’s a small price to pay for the euphoria of those special moments in the company of wildlife.
More recently, I have been surprised by an unexpected challenge (or opportunity as even more optimistic people would say).
The new challenge is getting mocked. It has become a humiliating ritual at a nearby lake. I see some chickadees so I set up my camera and tripod. I chase them thru my lens all over the trees, rarely getting a decent shot since they spend about 0.8 seconds on every branch. Some day I may share my favourite tree branch images.
Just about the time I’m getting a bit frustrated, the chickadees start landing on my lens! Last time I took my point-and-shoot camera to try to record the event. As I was trying to take the photo of a chickadee on my big lens, another one landed on my little camera! I was double mocked!
I may have to take up wedding photography until my pride recovers.