My approach to photographing wildlife is similar to my approach to photographing landscapes. I’m trying to incorporate the animals into the landscape, looking for ways to capture a mood and convey what it felt like to be in a particular place at a particular time, watching a unique and beautiful moment.
I made this photograph recently in the San Joaquin Valley. All the visual elements came together nicely to tell the story of a foggy morning in the marsh - the geese, the fog, the pink sunrise color, the reeds, and the cottonwood trees. In my latest blog post I tell the story behind this photo, show a few more examples, and talk about how to find the elements that will tell a visual story and capture a mood:
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