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What It Takes to Capture Beautiful Wildlife and Nature Images
Living on a small farm in Arkansas has given me so many photo opportunities. In the short time I have been involved with nature and wildlife photography, I now find that most people as well as I appreciate it much more whenever they learn about the effort behind capturing those incredible photos that we all enjoy. Often it is the subject in the photo, or the image itself that gets all the praise and not the one who took the photo. The photographers behind those great shots likely went through a lot to snap them.
Patience may be the most important part of nature and wildlife photography. Without it you may never capture that great photo of an animal that you are dreaming of. Waiting for that special moment to take the shot takes hours and hours and sometimes days before you even get a small glimpse of that animal. The more time you spend around that animal you learn more about their habits, what they sound like, what time they might come out in the open to feed or just stir out in the open.
Light Is the Most Important Aspect in Photography
There are two golden hours in photography and once you learn to use those times in the day to go out and take your photos you will see what I am talking about. The golden hours are the hours around sunrise and sunset. These Hours are when the light is more golden and it creates shadows and gives your photos a more soft look. Try to avoid the hours in the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest. Also cloudy days can give you a really great time because they can be like a light defuser. When shooting animals you will find that these golden hours are when most animals are likely to be seen.
Waiting for a specific action to capture an animal through the viewfinder of a camera can make us miss the bigger picture of what is going on around you. While it is true you need to stay focused when preparing to shoot, do not stay so focused that your entire adventure was only about capturing that one or handful of images. Take time to enjoy the entire experience not just that few seconds behind the lens. Often the most amazing things are missed by people that don’t take the time to just stop and look around.