I have come to the unhappy conclusion that not all running is equal.
It all started when I decided that I needed more action in my wildlife photos. Hanging around looking cute really only works if you’re cute and even then it wears thin with repetition. I was going to add action to my repertoire!
Who could have foreseen that taking shots of animals running with the wind would be difficult? I immediately discovered significant technical difficulties – some might even be legitimately blamed on the equipment.
I had barely begun to discover the full extent of the problem when I made the profound discovery that there weren’t a lot of creatures that ran toward me. No matter where I stood, I always seemed to be in the wrong spot. It was impossible to guess where they would run.
Initially I thot it would be a good first test to capture a deer jumping over a fence. I have witnessed the scene enough times that it would be reasonable to think I might have gotten it, but no. It’s surprising how many things have gone wrong. I have heard myself mumbling, would you mind doing that again? In the interest of alleviating suspense, they have a perfect track record of never repeating the performance.
A few years later, I decided that I would be happy capturing animals running without adding to my butt collection! I have been more successful with this. However, even when I met most of the technical challenges, my photos were still missing the very things that drew me into the pursuit. Beauty and grace were in short supply.
My photos would clearly show deer or other animals running but quite often they were landing on their front feet. This had the comical effect of looking like they are about to tip over. I’ve also captured them with their feet crossed over beneath them. This is definitely better but still not the stretched out power look I wanted. I have come to the conclusion that they are non-photogenic runners. It’s sad but true.
I’ve only caught one fox running and it was quickly clear that it knew how to run properly. Not only was it fast but it looked fast which may be more important in a photo. Beauty and grace were in full supply.
I may have to pick my runners more carefully in the future. That should only make things easier!!!