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"You must have a lot of patience" is something that wildlife photographer Steve Bloom hears a lot, he says. But he doesn't think he's that patient a man - although he does wait for the right shot for a long, long time, sometimes.
Take this shot of a shark jumping out of the water to catch his dinner, for instance. He sat on a boat for sixteen days, camera and heavy long lens in his hands, fighting seasickness, headaches and muscle aches, waiting for a shark to do just this within reach of his lens. Sixteen days of waiting for an event that lasted less than a second. Wow!
And still he says he doesn't have a lot patience. No, it's not that, he says. It's a fear of failure that keeps him going. He's just too afraid of going home without bagging the shot, Steve says.
It made me think. I already knew I needed more courage to get the shots I want, I had also concluded I needed more patience, but maybe there's something in Steve's attitude, and maybe I just need to be more afraid of failure. I think I'm getting too used to not getting the kinds of shots I want. I should be getting more afraid of going home without them. Who knows, maybe it would help.
In the meantime, I admire Steve Bloom for the wonderful results he gets from giving in to his fear of failure!