I was in my car today at just the right time. I heard a terrific interview conducted by Kris Boyd of Think on KERA with National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen. He told of the work. the patience, the long-term commitment he had to get just the right photographs. He has spent countless hours in the Arctic looking for those photographs. It is a great interview.
Here is an excerpt about his new book (from his web site):
In this spectacular work, National Geographic photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen breaks new ground with stunning images of life in the polar reaches, and delivers critical new insights into animal behavior and the climate change that threatens the ice and its inhabitants.
I kept thinking about the 10,000 hour rule. You know, the rule that says that it takes 10,000 hours of work (including a lot of deliberate practice) to do the best work possible. This man has certainly spent more than 10,000 hours in search of these perfect photographs. So, I rushed in to look at his web site. What a treasure. Just take a look at this photograph:
What a treat.