Someone has to be very lucky to get incredible shots of wildlife without spending quality time in the wild. For example, it took me a few years and umpteen number of safaris before I managed to shoot my first Tiger in the wild. Perhaps this is why its good to have a quick discussion on this topic.
Wildlife is more accessible these days with Wildlife Tourism becoming a trend among youngsters and photogs. However, access to such wildlife locations are often very expensive too. Nothing in the world is generally easy and I know a lot of people who have spent large amounts of money making quick trips to boast about their journeys but with not so justified images to show for it.
As the saying goes “no pain…no gain” holds true. A focussed approach to a wildlife subject with patience with a decent serving of luck, can go a long way in capturing a rare moment that stands apart.
During Safaris, I often take the help of experienced drivers and guides. There have been instances where we spend generous amounts of time waiting for something to happen. With my favorite subjects, birds, I usually take a recce (walk around) approach to identify good spots and then I settle in at a location to allow the wildlife to settle down also around me. Many a times, I have returned home empty handed but sometimes with waiting, I have got some pictures that turned out to be amazing. I couldn’t have got them any other way.
When you see the pictures on my feed it may look like my life is all about a lot of jet-setting around the world to lounge in exotic locations clicking pictures. And while that's true, the "lounging" part is really more like hours of often uncomfortable waiting, and the "exotic" part is equal amounts of beautiful and usually dirty, hot, wet and bug-infested locations. So, if you are planning to get into wildlife photography anytime, get ready to be patient and perseverant.