We all have our comforts. Things we keep because of sentimental value, food dishes we always order at a particular restaurant as you know what you are getting and your expectations will be met, putting on a specific pair of pants because you know it fits you well and, my word, do you look good in them.
This applies to shooting in specific wildlife destinations. Just in the same way, but vastly different.
You may have your favourite place. One that you could move around blindfolded in with ease as you know each curve of the road, specific animals become familiar as you now know how to identify the markings that make them unique…the place mapped out in detail in your memory.
Mara Triangle, Kenya
Being familiar with an area has a great advantage, especially in terms of your personal photography. By knowing the area, you can start to become aware of how to work the scene and develop this, what wildlife you can expect to see at one time or another, you can identify landmarks and start setting up shots. There is so much you can do if you know a place, and the photographic freedom and confidence that comes with it is one such as meeting up with a very good friend for a drink.
It’s destination bound.
But safe isn’t the path that is going to take you forward. How can you experience new sightings and situations, different landscapes, backgrounds, create different stories, push yourself out of your comfort zone and experience the thrill of the NEW, the POTENTIAL, the UNKNOWN… when you never venture out of what you know?
Underwater viewing hide at Mzima Springs, Tsavo West, Kenya
It is ultimately up to you to inspire yourself, which will then reflect on your photography. By being destination and comfort bound, you may end up falling into a pattern and not paying as much attention to your surroundings each time you return. You may even start taking the destination for granted as you have cultivated certain expectations.
Be stimulated, be challenged. Test yourself and your vision in areas or destinations that you haven’t been to before. Let your creative eye explore and be thrilled by the many inspiring elements in our natural world!
Ask yourself; are you destination bound?
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