5am. Alarm, roll out of bed, put on water proof clothes, get in car, head to Richmond park…forget gloves.
Once on the road I can immediately tell it’s going to be a good morning for nature photography. Why? Fog blankets the street transforming the mundane into a mystical wonderland. Ok, I know that sounds cheesy but it’s very true.
As you know, the aim of this morning adventure is to capture this image again…but better. (backtrack – “Deer Hunter – The one that got away“)
Things are going well so far. I’ve got one box ticked (fog) now all I need is the deer to be in the right place. Could this be the shortest blog series ever?…No.
Perfect conditions but not a deer to be seen
Conditions were perfect but as always the deer are not where I want them. I think this highlights a really important point with nature photography. Patience and adaptability are key. You may have a very specific shot in mind, as I do, but the chances of you getting that are often slim. The best thing to do is have an idea, an area to go to, animal to photograph etc. and then hope that all elements align perfectly for you. If they don’t, shoot something else. Be persistent. Return day after day, week after week, until (hopefully) you get that shot you’ve been hunting.
Nature photography is difficult but with patience, persistence and perseverance you’ll get your shot.
By this point the fog had lifted just enough for me to start shooting. 10 minutes before I could barely see
When I arrived at the park the fog was far too heavy. I could only see a few metres in front of my face and the ominous calls of stags in the distance gave the whole experience a very eerie feel. In situations like this I would always advise caution. When visibility is poor move slowly and make sure you’re not walking toward a Doe with her fawns. If so that stag in the distance could very quickly get a lot closer. This would of course be rare, especially somewhere like Richmond park, but you should always err on the side of caution when dealing with wild animals.
On that note I’ll leave you with some of my favourite images from this attempt.