Watching, Predicting, and Getting it

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Penny Leave a Comment

Many people often get to a sighting with camera in hand, anxious to get a shot or ‘the shot’.

The Lesser Striped Swallow on that tree. Yes!  Get my settings ready, camera hurriedly brought to my eye, finger on auto-pilot as it draws to the shutter…

And the bird flies off.

By this stage, many people puff out an exasperated breath, lower their camera and move on to the next sighting.

What I have learnt, from tutelage and then practice, is to wait and look at the subject behaviour.

By paying attention to the subject, it can help to predicting their behaviour and therefore predicting your shot.

Makes sense?

Take the Lesser Striped Swallow mentioned above and pictured below.  If I didn’t take a moment to look at it’s flight pattern and notice it’s regular landing on a certain branch in front of me, at pretty much the exact spot every time,  I would probably look like I am partaking in an exotic dance of sorts with my camera and knocking out anyone around me as I try and follow the bird’s movements.

Instead of subjecting my fellow photographers to that entertaining (and slightly frightening) sight, I noticed that the swallow would fly off, land back on the branch carrying mud in it’s beak, rest for a bit before flying back to it’s nest to resume its building.

And repeat.

So, instead of getting upset or camera dancing, I focused on the spot of the branch that this little fellow favoured and waited for him to make its appearance.

It lands.

I focus and press the shutter.

I have my picture.

There is so much to wildlife photography that I honestly don’t think many enthusiasts know about.  And I am lumping myself into that category. I am lucky that I have had/have constant tutelage and I am still learning so much more.

Don’t let moments that you can control and be part of slip away from you.  Why not join Andrew Beck as he takes you on a Wildlife Photography course and teaches you how to take control and create striking and memorable wildlife images?

You have the passion, you have the tool, why not get the knowledge to take you and your images to the next level?

Penny Robartes

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