Photography is easy. All you have to do is invest in a really good camera and be in the right place at the right time.
Or at least that’s what I’m told by people who aren’t photographers.
I always respond that while it’s important to have good lenses and an adequate camera, equipment is actually a pretty minor part of good photography. The most important quality of a photographer is the ability to recognize and take advantage of various lighting conditions.
…It doesn’t hurt to have patience and perserverance either. Just last week, in fact, I was trying to photograph bees on prairie clover and used up almost all the patience and perserverance I had with me at the time. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing how many of my photography days go – instead of just seeing the final photos I select from the hundreds of rejects. Those of you who are photographers will probably emphathize with me, and those of you who aren’t will get a window into the process. All of you will probably have a good chuckle at my expense. So be it – it’s a holiday, after all – have some fun.