Three Methods for Wildlife Photgraphy

Method Number 1: Stumble Upon.

 This is an unexpected and surprising way to get pictures of wildlife. No matter what you are doing and no matter where you’re doing it, some kind of creature suddenly appears near you. This has occurred to me several times, but one of the most surprising and wonderful occurred on San Juan Island, WA. We were cruising along the roadway and stopped to enjoy a viewpoint overlooking the ocean of Pugent Sound. And what shows up just behind us? A rare kind of red fox. This one very large, covered in black fur with a bushy white tail ending! I loved it. The strategy for this method is obvious – keep your camera with you and ready no matter where you go.

Method Number 2: Sit and Wait

This is probably the method of National Geographic and other professional photographers, since it produces such fantastic pictures. This method is most productive after extensive research and preparation. You need to understand exactly what you are looking for, where it is found, and when it is most likely to be there. Prepare your observation point and get your camera ready. But there is one other requirement that stands out above all others – patience. If you don’t possess that forget about Sit and Wait. But if you have enough of it you may be able to get a great animal shot anywhere. This really worked for me one time out on a swamp in Fort Lewis, WA when a beautiful little otter popped up in front of me.

Method Number 3: Creep and Peak.

This is my preferred method. I stay as ready as I can for Stumble Upon, and I’ve done Sit and Wait numerous times. But patience is not an attribute I’m know for, and I’d rather be out and about with camera in hand. To Creep and Peak, walk slowly in your preferred location (or any other place), stop and turnover every log, rock, chunk of wood, piece of trash, etc., and be ready to be amazed. The number of wildlife species out there hiding just beyond your view yet very much within reach is astounding! Hence my book, “Let’s See What’s Under There!”. I’ve had wonderful experiences with the Creep and Peak method throughout the world and in my own backyard.

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