What do you do when a sighting is flat, uninteresting, or there is no photographic opportunities on offer? Yes, you can sit and enjoy the moment and embrace your surroundings and understand what a privilege and how fortunate we are to spend time out in these incredible wilderness areas, but in terms a photography, there is always an opportunity somewhere... you just have to think outside the box.
What do we do as photographers when we have got the shot of an animal/s we have always envisioned? Although no two scenes are ever the same, there can be similarities, particularly with close up, detailed shots of your subject. Perhaps, you are like me and find it difficult to take photographs of certain animals such as elephants, buffalos and rhinos just merely because of their size and colouration.
The point that I am trying to make is that no two photographs are the same, yet sometimes from a photographic mindset we need to push the boundaries and challenge our photographic ability in order to learn more about ourselves and to better our photography in general. I believe that there is no such thing as a bad photograph, why do I say this? I believe that there is a lesson in each photograph we take, be it a good one or a back one. Bad photographs teach us what we may have done wrong or why we didn't get the result we were looking for, which means its a learning moment for future opportunities that may be a similar scenario or scene.
I challenge you to think outside the box and to try using different angles, especially when using the longer lenses to capture close up detailed shot such as the images you will see below. As I mentioned before, It is not all about the photographs and I'm a firm believer in enjoying the moment and taking time to appreciate where I am and how privileged I am to have these experiences.
Photography, to me is about memories, brief moments in time that are frozen forever and stored to view at a later stage to reminisce over, to share with friend or to share with others to create awareness about conservation and how important wildlife is, not only for us but for many generations to come.
I really hope that the images above inspire you and get the creative juices flowing and allow you the opportunity to grow as a photographer by putting your photographic ability to the test and REMEMBER every photograph has the potential to teach us and help us as we move forward on our photographic journey.
Until next time,