Wildlife photography from a life cycle approach not only gives structure and purpose to your photography but also adds to the broader knowledge about these creatures that is necessary to understand and protect them. Every time you create a wildlife photo, you can help educate others about the general awesomeness that is nature, and to the specific awesomeness that is this particular animal. Pretty cool when you think about it that way! (Have I mentioned I truly love what I do and this is one of the big reasons why?)In the first part of this article “Learning and Telling the Story” I shared how to find and tell the story of an animal. In this part, you will learn tips for capturing the complete life cycle in your photos and videos. There are also some of the pitfalls to avoid.Decisive Moments…One of the turning points in the way I think about and pursue photos came not from the world of nature photography, but from a museum exhibit of the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson. If you are not familiar with his work, stop reading this now, go here and learn about the man who pioneered the genre we call street photography. Bresson was a father of modern photojournalism, and whose name is synonymous with the concept in photography known as “the decisive moment”. Bresson believed that as photographers our goal was to use our knowledge and intuition to capture the fleeting moments where all the compositional elements come together so that the resulting image represents the true essence of that moment.Yeah, that changed everything for me. Suddenly it wasn’t just about pressing the button, but about capturing the moment. “Decisive moment” is a very subjective and often misunderstood term, thrown around in the same way as “bokeh” (nice out of focus parts) and “giclee” (fancy word for inkjet print). It is a core concept for any photographer to grasp and include in their compositions.
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