On the hunt for the perfect picture

Capturing the perfect wildlife picture can be an exciting and rewarding challenge. All the skills needed to hunt a particular animal are equally as valuable to the wildlife photographer.

Although photographs are inedible, they can be just as rewarding as the meal had at the end of a successful fishing trip or hunt. It's a similar feeling to capture an animal on film as compared to harvesting one. Like hunting, the goals you set for yourself should drive you to do what you had previously believed to be impossible. As with most things in life, the more challenging a goal you set for yourself, the bigger the reward at the end of its completion. For example, try photographing the birds you commonly see in your feeder, afield. I bet you will feel more rewarded, and value the photos over ones that took less work.

Wildlife photography is all about enjoying and sharing the beauty of the outdoors with others. People who spend a lot of time afield may find they lose some of the awe created by the beauty of nature. By slowing down enough to observe the scenery that surrounds you, the ability to enjoy and record what is being seen is greatly increased. While hunting and fishing, you can become so preoccupied with what you are doing, you may forget to look around and appreciate what you are seeing. I recommend taking a camera afield on all outings, not only to photo a catch or harvest, but to capture your experiences to reminisce over and share with others.

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