Capturing an Instant

Ever since the camera was invented, men have ventured into the wild to capture animals on film. They suffered through brutal heat and cold, often plagued by bugs, so they could get the perfect shot of exotic and mundane creatures. These dedicated artists worked hard to bring the world of animals to their fellow men, and they have been able to bring exotic animals to life in new environments.

Wild animals do not obey human commands to stand in one place or perform on cue, and wildlife artists need to be patient to get the shots they want. They must take the time to observe their quarry, and then they have to be there when the perfect shot appears. Many are the times these artists waited in vain for an animal to arrive at the watering hole, and they later found migratory patterns had moved them elsewhere.

Trekking into the world of wild animals contains its own series of dangers. Those who wish to capture shots of lions, tigers and elephants know the dangers. Their subjects tend not to be picky eaters, and photographers have been made into a meal by these resourceful creatures. Even if there are no animal attacks, bad weather and lack of safe food and water can also claim the life of these intrepid artists. Unknown infections and even touching some plants in wild areas may be hazardous to their health.

Once the artist believes they have gotten the shots they came for, they must then survive long enough to make it back to civilization. Over the years, the number of wildlife photographers has increased, and there have been times when someone else took the perfect shot and published it first. All of these conditions affect the art of wildlife photographers, but those who want to succeed keep at it.