Filling In The Holes

American Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Grazing along a river bank in snow covered ground in winter.

My photographic productivity has dropped quite a bit over the past few years. I think a number of factors have played into this reality. The pandemic of course being the primary culprit, but it’s not just that. I just don’t get out as much, even when I can. Old age is taking over.

I am trying to stay productive though. Trying to identify where I have holes in my photography portfolio. Trying to keep a steady flow of stock photos heading to the Internet. One thing I’ve been focused on this past week are American Bison photos. I have quite a few already, but comparatively speaking, not as many as some of my other wildlife photos. The main goal for my stock photo catalogs this year was to have at least 5,000 images online before the end of the year. I started the year at about 4,500 photos, and right now I have about 30 more to go before I reach my goal. Bison are a good subject, my bison images sell often, so why not cruise through the archives and find more suitable images for stock? I have about 6,700 bison photos in the archives. Sounds like a lot but compared that to say, Sandhill Cranes, of which I have about 24,000 images to sift through, well, I’ve identified a hole in my portfolio.

I’ll be out again this winter looking for more bison in snow photographs to make. It’s not as easy as it sounds, the bison are not always where I can get photos of them. But I’ll keep trying. And hopefully I’ll be filling in the holes.