Anticipating the Shot
An important aspect in obtaining a good wildlife photo is the photographer's
knowledge of the subject. A friend and I made plans to go shooting at a
nearby duckpond recently and before the gear was packed I already had the
shot I wanted to get in my mind: a duck flapping its wings.
I sat and watched for about 15 minutes before I even loaded the film into the
camera. As the Mallards swam around, they would dunk their heads underwater,
letting the water run down their backs. Immediately after, they would rear
up and flap their wings, drying them. This was the shot I wanted to get.
After about an hour or so, I fired off about 6 frames, 5 of which gave me the shot I pre-planned.