Since stepping into the area of nature photography, I have found myself more able to experiment with my camera, more confident about trying different settings and more frustrated when the results don’t work out as I had planned. But the key point is that I only have myself to please. I am my own worst critic, I like to challenge myself and I like to see improvement in my photography.
Taking the step from nature in general to birds in particular has been one of the biggest challenges for me. I thought weddings were hard but they are nothing compared to getting the ultimate shot of a specific bird doing a particular behaviour. Birds are fast! They don’t care if you get the shot or not and it takes patience rather than speed to get the money shot.
I understand that photographing birds could be boring for many photographers – they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but those photographers I know that do photograph birds are generally all as passionate and obsessive about what they do as I am. Birds are addictive! Birds are expensive! Birds are the most frustrating subjects but also the most rewarding when you achieve the goals you set for yourself.