What determines a successful journey is very subjective and it really is determined on your outlook and what your terms of reference are.So there will be many that will disagree with the following and thats fine. Remember I’m always speaking from my perspective and what drives me, what inspires me and my passion and they will differ from each person. For me , a successful journey is not always capturing , however, when you have captured something special, then you know that it has been one of those adventures that will remain etched in your mind.
For me, when I see a subject, I will wait and wait until it happens and if it doesn’t happen on that day, then I try the next and so on. Many people don’t have the patience to wait and yes, it can be as boring as watching the grass grown in your back yard.I will gladly admit to that.
I’m often asked, “ how did you get that shot” and many variations of that question. There is no deep philosophical answer to that although I have heard some rant and rave on as if there is. The short and simple answer to get shots like this is to simply wait, being disciplined enough to wait and through your waiting study the habits of your subject which will help you in your shooting.
For this series of shots with the Australian Wedged tailed Eagle, it was one of those successful journeys that took place over 10 weeks. You see I have only selected a few of these pics from this series and these were all shot on film a few years ago.
This was shot in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. When I see nests, I’ll always climb and investigate if I can get up there and yes I’m sacred of heights and there have been times when I have made it to the top and then I have looked down and thought,” how on earth am I ever going to get down?”
I saw this tree, climbed it and saw two eggs in the nest. Now this bird usually lays two eggs but only brings up one of the babies and kicks the other over the edge when the time is right to get rid of it.
This nest was 850 kms from where I live. I travelled every Saturday for 10 weeks to document the growth of these birds.I witnessed many amazing and wonderful things in that time.
I was amazed when on one of my sessions with the bird, that there was a lambs head in the nest.They are a prime targets for the Eagle. The week before when I climbed the nest there as a large lizard waiting to be eaten. I Thought that made an amazing picture, then the following week I saw this image with the lamb.
This is how the wildlife kingdom works as we know.
Was my 10 week journey covering over 17,000 kilometers for this subject worth it. Absolutely! would I do it again?In a heart beat, no question!
I have no concept when you hop in a car and blaze the trail and spend a day in each location . For me I’d go nuts doing that .For me to do it that way you very rarely shoot the essence of the place. You rarely can do justice to where you are until you have spent a wee bit of time there and to understand how the light works with your subject etc.
Having said that, please if you are someone who travels like that and it works for you, thats awesome!!
If you want to get the best out of your subject, be prepared to put the time into it, to be patient and to return as often as it take and you to will know the successful journey.