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By johnalexander  
I have realised today why I cannot be a wildlife photographer. Firstly I do not own a lens that is heavier than I am, secondly I seem to lack any patience at all with wildlife and thirdly my knowledge does not exceed that of David Attenborough's documentaries. I have done some wildlife photography in my time, certain child portraits spring to mind, but unlike people (most people) you can usually direct them to achieve the photo you envisage. Tell a damselfly to do a 'looking into the distance pose' and you will find that it will turn the opposite way round and fumble into the undergrowth. This annoys me.
It had just been raining and I dressed appropriately for the task in hand - jeans with a hole in the knee, loafers with a hole in the toe and a t-shirt...with a hole in. I saw a damselfly hovering around the stems of grass and I thought I would find out if I was any good at wildlife photography. 6-7 minutes later I was getting pretty angry and quickly came to the conclusion it was impossible and it couldn't be done. The wind blew the alien-like insect in and out of my viewfinder and was practically impossible to focus on its eye.
I put my macro lens into manual focus, and waited for the dulls in the wind in order to take the shot. Eventually I managed to get these shots when it fell further down the stem where less wind affected it.
I would love to know what you think, if you like them I may consider doing more, however I may upgrade to some proper animals which don't blew in the wind.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Jo12, Jonny_Darko, Mynett and 11 more

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Jo12 6 England
31 May 2010 10:08AM
Amazing shot!

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Jonny_Darko 6 5 1
31 May 2010 10:09AM
Good contrast and DOF
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 10:22AM
your write up made me chuckle, a very frustrating game the wildlife game... Smile

W1ldside 6 29 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 10:22AM
Think this is pretty amazing work John indeed!
If you had not reiterated your lack of Patience/Experience on this type of Photographic skill ~ I would have thought that you had probably spent several months trekking up hill and down dale with the great Dickie Attenborough yourself to achieve such accomplished and memorable Images...
I always remember taking a class of non academic kids on a school field trip with point and shoot compacts ~ Prior to leaving for the great outdoors I spent an hour explaining a few ground rules both about behaviour and indeed the fine art of composing a good photograph.
Knowing the type of kids they were and linked with the fact that they had the concentration span of a "Cabbage White" I went on to advise that should the weather and wildlife not be what they expected then one can always make the content of the image much improved by moving and adding things to a composition like placing a Flower on a fallen log to photograph for vibrancy and texture!
The day seemed to go well and at the close of play I collected the cameras and uploaded the contents back at school onto a PC for editing... It became apparent very early on that these guys had taken camera and image manipulation literally ~ for the first Image up was of the group of Lads holding a stick aloft for their compadre snapper to compose and there on the end of the stick was an Enormous piece of Dog Shh....!
I Guess I did'nt get the Images I wanted that day either but the detail and texture was lovely!
In the words of Forrest Gump... Life's a box of..... You never know what you're gonna Get! Wink
Keep up the good work John, it's paying dividends
Regards Rick
31 May 2010 10:54AM
*lol* Great write-up! I do like your shot. More please! Smile
31 May 2010 12:01PM
I know how you feel, I have just bought a macro lens and i'm finding it really hard, this is ace, dont give up
andymark 6 1 England
31 May 2010 6:42PM
that and amazing shot love it
31 May 2010 8:50PM
Hi John

Well done on the photo it really caught my eye and having just bought my first macro lense i really can empathise about small things on branches, blades of grass etc in the wind. If it helps to make your feel better i think i managed to knock half my subjects to the ground with my tripod today without even getting a shot.
Anyway aside from the photo i wanted to say how much i enjoyed your narrative - it really made me laugh - please take more wildlife photos and please write some more.

JohnoP 11 2
31 May 2010 9:58PM
John - great shot, it really does have it's eye on you! Your write up made me smile - oh the joy of macro! But don't give up - you will get there! John
1 Jun 2010 1:19PM
Thanks Everyone!

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