by Jim Zuckerman
When you are shooting action subjects, never take your eye away from the viewfinder or you run the risk of missing a special moment that will never be repeated. This applies to photographing children at play, sports or wildlife, or anything else that moves and changes quickly. Too often, I’ve seen photographers miss a peak action shot and then remove their eyes from the viewfinder to complain about it. A second or two later, something else happens that’s great and that picture is missed as well.
The photo of mating lions below was taken a few days ago in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya as I was leading a photo tour. I dared not take my eye away from the camera since every second the action changed. The mating lasted about 10 to 15 seconds, and I shot many frames during the encounter. I used a 70-200mm f/2.8 Canon IS lens that was supported on a bean bag.