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Learning New Techniques

140128_Osprey by Karl G. Graf. Canon 7D, EF70-200 f/2.8L IS with 1.4x extender @ 250mm, f/9, 1/1000 sec, ISO 800

Over the past several years some of my long time friends have said they wanted to go down to the Florida Bird Festival in Titusville.  We have been talking about this for over 5 years.  This year was the year!  Three of us and our very understanding wives took the trip.  My other two photographer friends have done much more wildlife photography than me.  This was my first trip and I was ready to learn new techniques.  I quickly found out that my methodical engineering approach to working a subject was not working.  I had to be quick, anticipate, and have a lot of patience.  I took two half-day workshops and over 9000 images during three days of shooting.  Out of these 9000 images, I felt that only about 10-12 were good.  I also learned that taking so many pictures take an enormous amount of computer time just to sort out the keepers.

Wildlife photography may not be my niche.  However learning new things always excites me and gets me out of a rut that I may be in.  It also encourages me out to apply new ideas to the work that I most enjoy.  I thank Milton Heiberg and Robert Amoruso for their insightful instruction.