For the Love of the Game
I bought my first SLR because I wanted to have some decent images to post on E-bay. It didn’t take long to find out that I still take really bad photos even with better gear. In my quest to learn composition and exposure I started following the works of the great Scott Bourne who, in my opinion, is one of the premier avian photographers of our time. Scott’s images are absolutely stunning yet still doable in my mind. That is when I set out to make perfect bird images. Little did I know!
Fast forward a few years and I am just a tad closer to making those perfect images. I remember when I first thought I knew my favorite lens like the back of my hand, I was really only about a quarter of the way there. When I downloaded all my user’s manuals to my iPad and started reading them regularly, I inched a little closer, and when I started to look up info on every new bird I saw I at least knew I was on the right track. Seems like there is always some great challenge in bird photography. A challenge just to be there, to get close enough, to be fast enough, to be patient enough, and of course to understand what any bird is going to do on any particular day. It’s not easy. No one said it would be but still I thought I would soon make that perfect photo.
Like many I suppose, I would love to be one of those pros traveling around the world shooting exotic animals. From time to time that vision helps keep me warm at night, but really? I am ready a pro at what I do. Sometimes I wonder if somewhere there is some person with visions of doing what I do. It could happen.
Somewhere along the line I think I became more of an advocate for the Avian world. To tell their story. It may be a first time introduction or a chance to show the shear beauty and grace of these animals in great detail. For some people it is a story that documents behavior and characteristics. There are those who don’t have access to the great outdoors who can now appreciate the beauty of flight or the color of plumage. Then, from time to time there is the story, or rather the lessons, of the circle of life and the unwanted touch of man. These are the stories I can tell all day long.
Now that I think of it, in that context, it’s not so hard to make the perfect photo!