I appreciate that there must be downsides to it. There is the danger, of course. You can’t help but be impressed with the cameramen who risked life and limb to bring us such stunning images in Planet Dinosaur, for example.
Then there is the hardships of life in the desert or jungle just so David Attenborough can steal all the glory, but on the whole, it must be a very satisfying occupation.
And patience must definitely be a virtue in this game, not to mention a great deal of technical skills. Take the photo on the right, for example, showing Grey Herons about to alight on the water at Reddish Vale, not far from where I live.
It was taken by photo blogger, Terry Whittaker, and highly commended in the 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards. He managed it with a remotely triggered camera and flash equipment to catch the reflections in the water. Beautiful.
All of which is a round about way of underlining my own lack of skill, patience and equipment, but I’m still pleased with my photo above of a garden spider taken this morning.