Arkansas Wildlife Blog and Gallery
Buffalo National River and NW Arkansas
Planning ahead and shoot preparation improves your chances to have a successful shoot.

Equipment Checklist:

Make sure your battery is charged, bring spares.

Make sure you memory card is empty -- bring extras.

Setup your camera before you arrive. I always preset at ISO 800 and maximum aperture, aperture priority (AV).

Have the lens on you intend to use first.

Bring your tripod.

Mental Preparation

Core belief:
there is always a picture.

Have a plan.

Pre-visualize your shots. Mental rehearsal.

Have a fallback plan(s).

Be opportunistic.
Photographing Elk -- Preparation
sunning cormorant
Not planned, but given.  Opportunistic photos can be the best shot of the day. 
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