Bear Creek Photography NC | Near Misses

Near Misses

July 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Kyle Cook




Photographers work a subject to get the best image of that subject possible. Wildlife photographers, especially, are hoping for something exciting to happen. In the meantime, we work our subject, getting as many angles and positions as possible.


Today, I was shooting the hummingbirds and, while it was really nice getting some clear, sharp images of the birds, nothing too unusual was happening. I had put my camera into a vertical position since that seemed the most fitting for these little guys. My camera was still in a vertical position. Now, these guys move FAST! The bird I was shooting suddenly got into a defensive-looking position. All of a sudden, another bird comes into the picture.  It was at the very edge of my frame. That's kind of unusual in my experiences with hummingbirds - having two perch at the same time. They are rather territorial.


That other bird was taunting MY bird, sticking his tongue out at him. If I would have been able to get my camera into a horizontal position very quickly, I could have captured that right away. Alas, it was not to be. That situation lasted a mere second or two and the other bird flew off into the woods. Darn it! I have proof that it happened, as you can tell from the accompanying picture.


I took probably 200 frames of hummingbirds this morning. Believe me, that's quite a lot for me! However, the ONE shot that I really kicked myself about was missing that action shot between the two hummingbirds. But, I'll go out again another day, and try for that one-in-a-million shot.


That's our goal as photographers - to photograph something that no one else has captured. OR, at least, to capture that scene in a way no one else has done before. Sometimes you achieve your goal. Other times, it's a near miss.


This time, I had a near miss, but I am confident that one day, one of my pictures will be THAT picture. The one I dream of shooting. Practice makes perfect. The only way you get better is to shoot. A LOT.  So get out there and shoot.  It may take you 5 frames to get your dream shot. It might take thousands. "It's not about the destination; it's about the journey." I plan on taking LOTS of journeys!  Hope you do, too!  Enjoy!


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