The Juice is Worth the Squeeze

Nature photography is tough work. We spend countless hours (or days or weeks) in the field trying to capture the fleeting convergence of composition and light. More often than not, it just doesn’t happen. Instead, it seems that all we get for our troubles is cold, wet, hungry, bug-bitten, tired, exhausted, and lonely. There are times when we all wonder whether the reward is worth the effort.

But when it does come together, all of our trials and tribulations seem to recede into the background, and all of the questions disappear, and we are only left with the answer—a loud and resounding “yes!” You may have to endure three days of unrelenting gloom, cold rushing water, and numb bruised feet, but when you get the shot, you know then that the juice is worth the squeeze. Others may think you are a glutton for punishment, but you know the truth—and they will too when they see the fruits of your labor.

So get out there and make your vision a reality. And never stop squeezing.

“Light’s Passage”—Zion National Park, Utah. Canon 5DII, 17mm, ISO 200, f/11, 4 seconds, polarizer filter.

Ian Plant

Author: Ian Plant

World-renowned professional photographer, writer, and adventurer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to and blogger for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, a Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine, a monthly columnist for Landscape Photography Magazine, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.

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