I am just about fed up with the out of control egos so common with bird photographers. So here are some new rules:
If you have to announce that you are the best bird photographer- you aren’t, you are a jerk.
If you tell everyone how much money you made on a shot, you didn’t and you are a jerk.
If you step in front of other photographers because you are more important, you are not and you are a jerk.
If you brag to everyone where a photo is about to be published, it isn’t, it won’t be and you are a jerk.
If you have to tell everyone who you are so they understand how famous you are, you’re not and you are a jerk.
And finally, if you think you’re not a jerk but you act, look and sound like one, we all think you are.
In other words, don’t be a jerk. Remember, if you have to blow your own horn it ain’t worth blowing. Period!
Do you want to know who I think is a great bird photographer? Glad you asked! Take a look at some of these photos by my good friend and fellow workshop teacher, Jeff Wendorff.
Notice the tight compositions, the beautiful natural light (no flash here!), the magnificent background, the perfect poses, thecompelling perspectives. This is how I think birds should be photographed- straight up, no nonsense, little processing, beautifully, simply.
Go to Jeff’s website to see more of his spectacular photography- www.jeffwendorff.com. He does mammals as well.
So why did I bring up Jeff here and Brenda in my last post and Lisa before that? Because I know that there are photographers out there that photograph some things far better than I do and if I want to get better I should pay attention when they are taking pictures. I can’t always do as well as they are doing (okay, I have never done as well as they do) but I can still try. That’s how I get better. Imitation and persistence are great ways to learn.
And if I get frustrated (okay, I get frustrated all the time), I just remind each one of them that I am the best! That always seem to make me feel better.