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Patience vs Perseverance

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker

For the past five years I’ve sold the images I create at art festivals, and each show I hear a few people say, “Wow, he has a lot of patience”.  They’re implying that patience was the main factor in getting the image, I think the better word is perseverance.

Patience, or the power to wait calmly, is passive, it’s waiting for something to happen.  Perseverance, or the ability to endure or persist, is much more active.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

Perseverance is following the process through and not giving up.  It’s making it happen, it’s sticking with the plan.  If I sit in a photo-blind waiting for a White-headed Woodpecker to land nearby, it might be that I have patience, but not really. I know (and my friends will tell you) I’m not a patient person.  I’m active, I create images, I make it happen.  How do I do that?  I’ve studied the birds behavior, I set up the photo-blind by a water feature, and I know I’m in the right place, at the right time, in the right habitat. I know it will show up, and if I persist through the hot weather, the heat of the photo-blind etc.  I’ll make it happen, because I’ve been actively engaged in the process, and pre-planning allows for the success of perseverance.

David duChemin got me started thinking about this: PixelatedImage Blog

Images created with a Canon EOS 7D, 600mm F/4 L IS USM lens.