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So many great photos require a lot of patience and persistence from the photographer.
I see landscapes shot at just the right light conditions, which of course meant that the photographer had to go back many times, waiting for the ideal opportunity. And photos of insects which must have taken a lot of waiting next to a pond or somewhere in the dirt. Bird shots, undoubtedly carefully selected from thousands of shots, taken with the hope that one of them will be just what one wanted. And the list goes on.
I admire the people who take these photos. They have patience. Lots of patience. they sit in their bird hide, waiting for a bird that may show up - or not. They stalk animals, hoping that they'll strike the right pose in usable light at just the right time. They go to their favourite viewpoint time and time and time again, trying to catch that elusive combination of the perfect light and the most wonderful sky.
That is to say - I would like to. And I try. But my patience just doesn't last, you know. Maybe it's a streak of the ADD one of my children has. Maybe I'm just not used enough to having to wait for results. I don't know what it is. But I get restless. Very restless. I just want instant results. Well, maybe not instant. I'd settle for quick.
I do try to catch animals in a nice pose, landscapes in good light, flowers in photogenic spots. But I just don't seem to have the patience to wait until conditions are perfect. Sometimes that drives me to stage things. But you can't always stage what can happen spontaneously in nature.
So - how is this for you?
Are you the patient type?
Or the restless kind, like me?