I would love to be able to claim that I spent days in a blind somewhere in the wilderness to capture this photo. The truth is, this beautiful mountain lion is a resident of the Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, NM. It’s a great place to get photos of wildlife you might not see on your treks, especially in Ruidoso, since they’re getting ready to close the forests due to fire danger.
Photography is very much about establishing a connection with your subject on a spiritual and intuitive plane, whether you’re making photos of people, landscapes, pets or wildlife. It’s seldom about luck. I see so many shooting in rapid fire, and shooting anything and everything because they’re afraid to miss something. Sadly, they miss more than a shot. They miss being in the moment. You have to develop not only a keen eye, but the patience, perseverance and intuition to wait for the right moment.
So your mantra for this weekend is to slow down and really look at the world around you. If you’ve got a camera in your hands, resist the urge to snap 30 shots in a row. Pretend you’re back in the days of film where each print costs you two bucks. Connect with your subjects, listen to your inner voice, and don’t snap until the “decisive moment” presents itself to you. It will. You just have to learn to recognize it.
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