Persitence Vs Patience
While shooting wetlands a few weeks ago, I was witness to a scene that made me laugh and reflect on photography as an both art an skillset. While attempting to maneuver to a good angle for a cormorant that I'd spied, a snowy egret landed a few yards in front of me to hunt a pool left by the receding tide. I gave up on the cormorant and slid behind a rock so as not to disturb the egret too much. A few minutes later, this tri-color heron landed at the same pool and began hunting. The hunting styles of the two birds could not have been more different.
The egret, aside from the occasional head turn and even rarer step, was steadfast and motionless - at least, until an unsuspecting fish would swim by and promt a strike. Conversely, the heron was running all over the place, striking at everything, and having a smorgasbord of fish, leeches, and bugs. After watching them for nearly half an hour, I'd guessed that they'd both had equal fill - The heron on a large quantity of small servings, the egret on four larger fish.
I saw the same behaviors in my photography. For many years, I was the heron - chasing every last shot I could, hoping for some of them to be good enough to please me and show off to my friends. Now, I'm learning to be the egret - slow, steady, waiting - finding the right spot and letting the bigger shot with more emotional appeal or wow factor to come to me. It's tough. I still want to be the heron in my heart, despite experience and wisdom telling me to be the egret.
All that said, among these two, the heron being much more active certainly made for more dynamic shots.
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