Getting The Shot The First Time

There is a stigma in photography that every shot you take has to be the best. I never really understood this because every shot is a learning experience combining everything from the last shot up to that point. Thus every shot taken couldn’t possibly be the best. Photography is all about learning and the only way to learn is to make mistakes and try again. If every first time you’re out in the field you manage to get that one amazing shot then what would be the point? Photography would eventually get boring. That thrill of mastering the next thing is what makes it exciting and a true challenge.


While out shooting Vesper Sparrows along the river bank I was having a tough time in part because they wouldn’t hold still. I try not to shoot down on a subject because it makes it look small and usually critters don’t like it but in this case the blue river makes a much better background then any of the rocks. Is this the best image? No. But it’s a start and as long as I keep practicing I can improve on it and that’s what matters.

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