Challenges in Life and Wildlife
I started taking photography seriously in 2008 and enrolled in a black & white film class at my local junior college, which I found fun but challenging. One month into the class there was a family emergency and I was unable to start my photography journey again until 2010, when I enrolled in the beginning black and white film course at my local college once more. Since then, I have moved forward with enthusiasm and a thirst for all types of photography knowledge and experience and have developed a real love of the challenge of photography. The majority of the photos I took for the first four years were landscapes, buildings, objects, etc., things that did not move. It was challenge enough just to get the correct exposure, focus, and composition (which is still challenging at times). I became interested in 2012 in photographing wildlife and set up a trip to South Africa in 2013, my first experience in photographing animals in the wild. My goal for that trip was to obtain good portrait shots for the most part: I did experience taking a few shots of an animal in motion but, in general, they were not very good. I realized awhile later on that I liked the challenge of taking photos of wildlife and I started to put more effort into learning this type of photography. I am no expert and still often resort to a “pray and spray” approach at times, but I do know a lot more today than I did upon starting out. Learning to photograph animals in action takes effort, time and patience and, at some point, will result in successful action shots.
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