In continuing my ‘choose your battles wisely‘ commentary, I have another loon image to share. Although I am not quite sure what ‘the moral’ of this story is. I have gone back to photograph this loon now a total of 3 times. Two of the three resulted in some keeper images, the other time was spent just looking for it for a couple of hours and not finding it. It isn’t the first time I have repeatedly gone back to photograph a particular cooperative or rare subject – because I am always hoping for better light, better surroundings, better behaviour, just better images. But I do think about ‘to what end?’ After all, how many images do I really need (or want) of this particular loon – or the Barred Owl, or warblers this coming season, etc, etc?
How much time does it take to really explore a subject’s potential and possibilities? This time around I had much better light and some pretty cool reflections going on in the water. Particularly with wildlife, all of this can be very time consuming. Most of the time spent is simply waiting for the animal to come closer to you, or to do something unique. Sometimes it is just time spent looking for it. I have a hard time defining when enough is enough. Sometimes the animal defines that for you and just moves on – that makes it pretty easy. But when a subject is in a pretty reliable spot (now for 19 some days total spottings) – it is hard to pass up taking advantage of an opportunity. I suppose we all define for ourselves where to draw the line and when enough is enough. I think I am always wondering if something could have been just a little better. From my last session with this loon, I wish it was a little closer to me, with the cool reflections, and perhaps a fish in its mouth . then maybe I will have had enough.