by James Heupel
What is the most important part of being a nature/wildlife photographer? Answer: Patience.
Patience means spending the time to get the photograph. That might mean waiting 1 ½ hours in the hot African sun to finally get 5 zebras drinking side by side at the Mara River in Kenya, taking over 500 photographs over 2 ½ days in Costa Rica to get 3 images that show the full, vibrant colors of the Fiery Throated Hummingbird, or waiting hours to get the perfect shot that others missed because they left.
Most people don’t have the time or the patience to get the desired photograph. Time is money – and this is true for the nature photographer as well.