I hear this quiet regularly & is something that happens too often.
If I can give you a small bit of advise, it pays to be READY!
Before wheels turn on every safari I always try make sure my guests are ready.
I ask them if they know where their focal point is & give them “pick up and shoot” setting for the current conditions outside to ensure they are as ready as they can be.
I encourage you to be as prepared as you can be at all times. Even if you have to continuously remind yourself to be ready some how.
One thing that will help with this is to study your subject and their general habits. I wrote a blog a while back; “Two Tips That Will Improve Your Photography” & in part two of this blog I wrote about knowing your subject. This is a vital part if you want to be as ready as possible.
If you keep at it, you will in time constantly remind yourself to be ready and try to always predict the animals next move subconsciously. The more you do it the more accurate your predictions will become as well.
Have a look at this image,
This particular moment took a while to build up but I can assure you we were all ready for it!
We sat with the ladies, who were well fed, for a long time before the two Charleston males came running & roaring out of the thickets in front of us.
We saw the tension was quiet high amongst the cats, maybe the boys were upset because the ladies did not save them a bight to eat? We would never know but one thing we did know is that the tension was continuously building and so we predicted that the males are going to attack or fight with the females and as you see in the image above, it happened!
Thanks to a simple thought of, “what if they fight?” ensured that we all got our settings to what they need to be and managed to capture this violent moment in time.
A prediction will never hurt anyone, so give it a go next time you out in the field, some you win and some you lose but you will never know if you do not try.
Good luck & until next time;
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