By S. J. Brown
Wildlife photographers have been getting a bit of extra exposure lately through television commercials and also after a biting letter to some individuals who are occupying a wildlife refuge. I would like to join the ranks of those photographers who have shared what it is really like to photograph wildlife.
Yes there are easy shots we take at parks and zoos where the critters are accustomed to people
Then there are other shots we work for. This is when a photographer needs more than just skill knowledge and a bit of luck. Wildlife photographers need to be passionate about what they do. You need to ask yourself how bad do I want these images, what are my chances of getting the shots, and how can I increase my chances?
I traveled from West Virginia to Maine in hopes of getting a few photographs of a moose. After spending several days searching my target area I chose to travel further north in my quest. When Jay and I arrived at our new destination it began to rain. Undeterred I covered my camera, pulled out a poncho and ventured into the woods. My persistence was rewarded, this time.
I have traveled to a location in North Carolina repeatedly in an attempt to capture a red wolf on film. No you won’t find a photo of a red wolf here. Their numbers are few and they are shy. But my quest will continue. I have been rewarded with images of black bears in that same area.
Wildlife photography is about more than just the images. It is about a connection to the animals and their world. It is a connection with nature that is part of us. Our desire to experience and share that connection is why we do what we do.
Cold, rain, mud, heat, height, and wind don’t deter us. Yes we are a touch breed. We will fiercely defend the creatures we photograph and the wild lands they call home. Most of us have been snarled at, charged and lost on more than one occasion. However to me having the privilege of looking a wild creature in the eye and recording it to share with others makes it all worth it. Why do I share? I share my images to help others to respect wildlife, to introduce people to my world. Yes, I sell my images but my goal isn’t to get rich or famous. My goal is to make enough money to go out and do it again.
What makes you go that extra mile, endure a little more, and strive a little harder?
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