A few weeks ago a small group of rather accomplished photographers headed up to Nakon Sawan to the Beung Boraphet Nature Preserves.. all wetlands.  (next week we’ll feature my attempts at photographing birds..)

Before heading out on the boat we'd arranged for we ate lunch.  We placed our gear (mostly big cameras with huge white lenses) on the table next to us while we ate.  During the meal we discussed technique, camera settings, lenses, and locations..

All these guys were very good, yet it appeared that almost all of us had our own unique style and preferred to do things our own way.  There are many variables in this type of shooting.

At the end of a very long day we all had our flash cards in hand, each person trying hard to conceal their eagerness to get home and fire up the computer to take a look at the day's catch.

I think we prefer to do this in private.. ya know.. just in case we were pure crap that day.. no one looking..

By 3am we'd all been home, showered, eaten, and spent enough time on the computer to email some images back and forth to each other.

They were all really good images!  But how can that be if we were all using different gear, settings, and techniques?

The most glaring difference I noted, was that each photographer had developed their own eye.. their own vision.  This resulted in as many different types of compositions as there were photographers.

A photographic composition isn't that unlike writing a story.  A good composition does indeed tell a story.  We were all just telling a different story, from a different perspective, yet we'd all experienced the exact same environment and circumstances.

What could be more human or more beautiful than that?

My gallery for the day can be viewed here.