ARCTIC WOLF PRINT | LESSON
Upper Arctic late morning. When I was planning for my Arctic expedition I was told, by other photographers who had traveled up to the high Arctic, that I should give myself more time: as weather conditions can be very unpredictable. I know photographers have spent years going up to the Arctic -- again and again -- and have not managed to capture the Arctic wolf, or even see one, but have great experience traveling in the Arctic. I should have at least listened to the advise that was given to me.
Knowing all this information I still made my schedule so tight; as if I was planning my fashion editorial in New York City. I gave myself 11 days. After struggling with the cold and not even catching a glimpse of the the Arctic wolf I gave up and decided to head back to town. I was very unhappy with myself, I just kept repeating in my head “I wish I had planned better and given myself more time.” My schedule did not allow for any mistakes: bad weather, equipment problems, or not being able to cope with the conditions etc.
If I had listened and planned for more time on the ice, then, my mind would have adapted and given me the strength I needed to bear the conditions to stay longer.
I just got LUCKY and was granted the gift of photographing these wolves on my way back to town.
My next expedition, in January, to the Himalayas has enough time build into it to ensure I don't need to rely on luck.
I have learnt from my mistake.