Photography Requires Patience

I have very little patience most of the time.

I think this comes from growing up on the east coast of the USA.  Everyone is always moving quickly from one place to another.

This is one of the things I like about photography, it requires patience to execute, especially when your subject is something like a hummingbird.

Hummingbirds in the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica

For this photo, I had to take about 100 other photos where the timing was just not quite right.  Getting frustrated and giving up would not have resulted in one of my favorite photos from the trip.  Yes, hummingbirds can be very frustrating.  They so rarely do what they are told.  But as my tour guide for the day said, just wait, one of them will feed there eventually.  Eventually, many of them fed from this exact feeder, and I was all set up for them.

Likewise, photography is sometimes equally about timing.  Sure, that amazing mountain is never going to change, and you may have a lot of leeway when creating the photo.  But, like the hummingbird, waves crashing on a beach are also about timing and patience.

Wave Crash on Seal Rock Beach in Oregon

Waves take quite a bit of practice to get right.  Even with practice, they are entirely about waiting for the right wave and then being able to time the shot just right.

To learn waves, I went to a beach in New Jersey where my family has a house.  I spent a lot of time sitting on the beach with my camera pointed at some rocks as waves crashed over them.

The result is photos from this gallery – https://www.flickr.com/photos/38699373@N08/sets/72157627390187414/ .  Obviously there are a few non-wave related photos, but this was the start.  The above wave crash photo is about 2 years after I first tried timing wave crashes.

Later the same summer (2011), I took a photo I really enjoy in Hawaii.

Wave Crash in Poipu Hawaii

And also this photo.

Wave Crash in Poipu Hawaii

Being able to capture both of these photos took a lot of work, patience, and a little luck with the timing.

Happy Shooting!

-M