Fauna | Portrait of a Leopard
“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”
Sometimes when we look at photos taken by others, especially those on birds and wildlife, it just seems so easy. We are so detached from a spectator viewpoint because we were not directly involved in the creation process and when we just look at the outcome of the picture, we might think how hard can it be for just pressing a button? It is only when he tries it for himself then he will realize how challenging it can be.
Animals and birds don’t purposely pose for you, you have to predict their behaviors and movements. There are many decisions that have to be made in an instant to capture a shot that you envision or the moment is gone and sometimes it is the last time you will ever get to see that animal or bird again. The worst thing that can happen is that you are still fumbling with your equipment and technical decisions when the moment of beautiful light, perfect posture, composition and expression passes you by, never to return again. It is a bit like life, you are forced to make choices in every moment, you can use those choices but you cannot keep it and the same situation will never happen again. The best part is that you think you got a great shot only when you return home to your dismay, the shot is lost due to some user error, maybe caused by shaky hands or some wrong settings. In a way practicing photography on birds and animals causes you to grow fast. Sometimes when you don’t have time to think, intuition kicks in and practicing this intuition and reflexes is what I love about photographing these beautiful life forms.