Tip #40: Be Patient

November 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Okay, so this is a repeat tip, but it is something I really can't stress enough.

I spent the past week in the Churchill, Manitoba area photographing polar bears, Arctic fox, willow ptarmigan and some beautiful landscapes. One of the fellow Tundra Buggy riders came up to me to comment how impressed he was with my patience to photograph the polar bears. He also noted I was the only one capturing some action thanks to that patience.

Being patient won't always guarantee a cover-photo worthy shot, but it will provide you with the opportunity to witness wildlife in their element, take in the full breadth of the colors of a beautiful sunset, or capture that single moment when an animal decides to change up his activity.

Being patient also means having the right clothing so you can handle the elements. The temperature hovered well below freezing on the back deck of the Tundra Buggy as the 50 mph winds whipped around the snow on the Arctic tundra, but a good pair of gloves, warm hat and my Eddie Bauer 850 fill down jacket kept me comfortable to photograph the magic of Arctic wildlife.


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