Money for Nothing and Chicks for Free
On the surface this photograph took 1/250sec to take, 5 minutes to upload to my computer and 10 minutes to convert the RAW file and produce the image you see here.
On the surface, it’s no wonder people don’t want to pay money for images that take so little effort.
On the surface, anyone with the right equipment could get this shot in hardly any time at all.
On the surface.
Underneath, there is a different story.
Underneath, there is the hour of patient waiting for the perfect moment this late afternoon.
Underneath there is the daily observation and pictures taken every day this year.
Underneath there is the three years since the feeding station was set up and the birds became accustomed to using it.
Underneath there is the learning curve, 10 years of using digital cameras and 30 years of film.
Underneath there is a life time of devotion to image making, art, craft, the natural world.
Photography, like creative pursuits generally, can look simple. Point the camera at a scene and press the button. Do it a few times and you’re bound to get something good right?
String some words together and you’re a writer, throw some paint at canvas and you’re an artist.
Yes sometimes, you get lucky. Some people get lucky. But mostly it’s about putting in the hours. Learning your craft, finding your voice, communicating with your audience.