How to inspire your photography
Photographers are often just too literal. Especially with wildlife photographers, see animal and photograph animal. Very similar to a crocodile, see animal and eat animal. With the predominate focus being around equipment used, the settings of that equipment and the species of animal. So there are two approaching styles when we have camera in hand. Those that want to get a pin sharp and correctly exposed documentative type wildlife photograph. Verses the creative, where exposure remains fundamental to the aesthetics of a good photograph, but sharpness and species becoming irrelevant.
Read my blog on Blurring Dogs,
All wildlife photographers, will flip flop between these two approaches in their photography. A popular creative style is to reduce your shutter speed and pan with your subject as they are moving, also known as motion blur. This requires movement, so how can we get creative with stationary subject?
Manipulating Depth of field
A very important component with creativity in Nature photography, is trying to not be so literal, with their images. Central to this is start seeing shape and shade over species and settings.
I have started a personal project that I shoot with a very shallow depth of field and intentionally get the the subject completely out of focus. Then playing with light and shadow to start painting a very abstract view on the animal being photographed.