Williams Top Tips
Each month I am hoping to give a slightly different insight into making the most out of your wildlife photography. The aim is to form a discussion on the intangible aspects of photography, and talking about simple ways to improve and adapt.
Augusts Top Tip: STOP!
This months Top Tip is to "stop"! Before you throw away your equipment or put it up for sale on ebay let me explain. Where ever you may travel through, whether it is walking the Appalachian trail or driving your car through Kruger National Park, you should simply just stop. When you are stationary you suddenly find yourself immersed in life. Things instantly appear, seemingly out of nowhere, and you will find yourself reaching for your camera far more often than expected.
Waiting at a waterhole is a fantastic way of letting things come to you.
It is far too easy to find yourself chasing after that dream photographic moment, searching for a magic sighting, but far more often the best shots come through patience and observation.
An Egret catches an unsuspecting butterfly on the banks of the Chobe river. On the opposite side of the car was a pride of lion.
Visually, by directing your focus of searching for movement, instead of just shapes, your eye becomes immersed in 360 degrees of spotting. Even the slightest movement draws in your eye. You become essentially invisible as lives carry on all around you.
It is not just the visual gain. By being motionless you allow the subject to gain confidence in your presence. When you are still you blend into the environment, becoming less of a threat.
The focus does not always stay on the big things. When you stop to watch a subject suddenly the lives of other animals emerge, often taking centre stage.
You soon become an observer, and begin to see photographs in some unexpected places. This is not just about photography. I think that the joy of sitting and observing the wilderness circulate around you can be the most life affirming thing about getting into the wild. Id love to hear what you have to say about this, feel free to drop me a message below!