|Standing in my solo canoe.|
I was reading an article by photographer Erin Babnick titled, "Is it better to photograph nature alone"? Erin points out the advantages of shooting with other photographers, not the least of which is safety in numbers. And for those starting out, going out with more experienced photographers can be a powerful learning experience. I know this firsthand. In addition, other photographers may give us inspiration, opportunities to learn new tricks, or guide us to unfamiliar locations or wildlife.
|Heavy fog created a dark mood one morning on Biscayne Bay. I launched my canoe in pitch darkness, guided only by the shadowy mangroves along the shoreline to get to this location. Alone, I was surrounded by ghosts.|
|The only way to get this shot was by paddling a mile or so and launching the canoe in the dark.|
|On this particular morning, I wasn't expecting to photograph spider webs. But there they were.|
|There is nothing I enjoy more than being alone on Biscayne Bay. Sometimes, I find only my boat to photograph, but it is always worth it to me to go there.|
|I paddle 1.5 miles one way to the bird rookery, have been doing that for the past 9 years, at least 5 to 6 times per year. I am always alone with the birds.|
Bottomline, don't let fear keep you from photographing.
|I love discovering mangrove tunnels, you never know what you'll find around the turn.|
|Occasionally, I camp alone in the Ten Thousand Islands. It took years of camping experience with others to get the nerve to do it!|
|As far as I know, I am the only person crazy enough to navigate the Chokoloskee Bay oyster beds in the dark to get to this location in the middle of the bay to photograph.|