My youngest daughter and I just started reading the Little House series together. Last night, as we worked our way through Little House in the Big Woods, we learned how much time and effort it took for Pa to reload his rifle. The story reiterated how important it was for Pa to kill a wild animal in the Big Woods with the first shot, because otherwise, a critter like a mountain lion or a bear would attack and kill Pa. After my wee one was tucked away in bed, I thought about how important it is for me to also “shoot” animals correctly the first time, too, or else the moment is gone.
Here’s a great example…
Last week, the older girls and I were walking at the Overland Park Arboretum. As we trotted through the woods, chatting away, I suddenly paused in my tracks and whispered for them to be quiet and still. Beyond some brush in the woods, out in a meadow lit up by the rising sun, stood a pair of fawns checking us out. Like Pa pulling his loaded rifle from his back, I tugged my camera to my eye and removed the lens cap as swiftly as I could without startling the animals.
While this is my best deer shot yet, I’m disappointed that the photo didn’t turn out as well as the gorgeous deer shots I see at Colleen Gunderson’s site (like this or like this) or at Randy Roberts’ site (like this or like this), especially given the proximity I had to this particular deer and his willingness to stop and stare at me for a while.
What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks to share when it comes to shooting wildlife (with a camera, of course)?
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