Bird Photography – Patience

Websters dictionary defines patience as being “not hasty or impetuous“. For wildlife photography this skill is vital. With today’s technology its all too easy to take shot after shot, hoping that one of more will look good enough to print. Its much more difficult to patiently watch your subject until the light is good, the background is clear and the moment is right.

My advice is to slow down a little. Take a good look at the area around you when you’re out shooting. Quietly watch your subject and move toward it slowly. When the light is good and the background is clear, you’ll know the moment has arrived. Go ahead. Take the shot and enjoy the moment! You’ve earned it.

Blue Winged Teals

Blue-Winged Teals
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on aperture priority (Av), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM with an EF 1.4X II extender mono-pod mounted. The exposure was taken at 420mm, f/8 for 1/60th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

2 thoughts on “Bird Photography – Patience

  1. Hi Jeff,

    I came across your blog accidentally a while ago and have dropped by several times since then.

    Being a wildlife photography enthusiast myself, I enjoy reading your posts a lot and I value highly the knowledge and experience that you share with your readers.

    You have some fantastic images posted and I’ll keep digging back in time for more great bird photos.

    I’ll add your blog to my blog list so that I can keep an eye on it all the time.

    Best regards from Hobart, Tasmania

    • Nickolay,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words. I hate to admit it but I’ve travelled all over the world but never made it to Tasmania. You’ve got some wonderful bird images on your blog with several species I’ve never seen before.


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