Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Looking Ahead

Not even a week of GMT and it's sent me into near clinical depression! The thought that I'm a "weekend warrior" until March is not a pleasant one, so I've been thinking about my plans for next year. There are two (possibly three) Barn Owl pairs to follow - although this is highly dependent on females replacing the two that were lost in the summer, I remain cautiously optimistic on that front.  I'm determined to find and shoot a Kingfisher; I know of at least four birds in the area and it can't be that hard to track them down. Another target I've set myself is to find an Otter. I've never seen one in the wild, so that's probably a tough ask in Sussex where they are still rare, but I gather there are several rivers in the county with them present. One possible project I'm really excited about: I've recently discovered an active Badger set in woods not too far from home, which is just off a lightly-used public footpath. I'll be investing in a hide and developing a lighting setup - which will be completely new to me - to shoot the Badgers. I want to keep the bar high and push myself on both photographic and environmental knowledge - this includes starting the pursuit of an Environmental Science degree with the OU in early 2011. It'll take time, but I hope in the end it'll get me away from sitting on my backside all day in an office... I've realised in the past few months that outdoors is where I want to be - working to improve the world we live in. Preferably, that'll involve some photography as well. But even if it doesn't, I'll be a happy hobbyist.

I've spent a lot of time looking at the work of professional and well-known Wildlife Photographers lately and I'm convinced I can be as good as them. In fact, I don't think I'm all that far off - the difference is time and budget.  Maybe that's a bit arrogant - some of these guys have been doing it for years and have a wealth of experience of remote areas and wild animals that would happily chew on your gizzards given a chance - but it's a self-belief that at times I've lacked in other areas of my life. The very fact I have it spurs me on... I have a good grasp of the technical and lighting aspects of photography, bucket loads of patience and I know what I need to work on creatively.  I reckon I can get there with the right level of support and determination.

1 comment:

  1. I wish you the best of luck and if you ever feel that someone is looking over your shoulder don't worry because it will be me.