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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.

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS BEHIND THOSE GREAT SHOTS LIKELY WENT THROUGH A LOT TO SNAP THEM  click to Tweet !

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Adult Bald Eagle Taking a Majestic Bow

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.

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Trumpeter Swans on a Small Pond the Farm in Arkansas

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.

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Ozark Mountains of Arkansas

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.

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Canada Goose

Read more about what it takes to capture great wildlife and nature photos at Wisdom Ninja .  If you like this post you may also like my post SIMPLE TIPS FOR BEGGINERS IN WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPY


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