And the rains came, and went, I got a lifer
It’s a Saturday morning, and I should be out shooting photos, but there’s a constant moderate rain falling at the present time. There’s even a few flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder from time to time. Since I worked until just after midnight last night, I missed what little morning light that there was any way. It looks as if the rain will be an all day event, or close to it, so I may as well resign myself to that fact, and do a little housecleaning of sorts. Maybe I’ll be able to use up more of the photos that I have saved from earlier this summer without going into one of my long-winded discussions of photo gear. 😉
That may be too hard for me to do though, since I’m going to start the photos with this one.
One of the things that I’m trying to do is shoot more artistic photos when the conditions are right for that. The sandpiper was between myself and the sun just coming up over the horizon, so I had good backlighting for that photo. It’s a tough shot to pull off, but when a bird perches long enough to get the exposure dialed in, it can yield a good photo. Now, if I could control the wind blowing vegetation around in the frame, I may come up with a great image. Still, I like that one.
They don’t call the hour after sunrise the golden hour for nothing.
The hour before actual sunrise is great for some landscapes, but not so good when photographing nocturnal animals headed home to sleep.
I lucked out, the raccoon paused for a while when it heard the shutter of my camera going.
I got the raccoon and the vegetation exposed fairly well, but then the color of the sunrise was blown out. If only critters would hold perfectly still so that I could shoot HDR images…
…but the critters are almost always on the move.
While I’m wishing, I could wish that the critters were always in good light as well, or that they would turn around to face me.
But, that’s like wishing that they’d all strike the same pose at the same time.
There’s always one that has to be different.
Even when there’s another bird in the frame.
I know that I said that I didn’t want to get into a discussion about photo gear, but the reason that I saved these next two photos is that they represent some of my first attempts using the 2 X Tele-converter in very low light.
The image quality isn’t great, but I was surprised at how well these did turn out to be.
It never hurts to push your gear to the very limits to see what it can do. I now know that in a pinch, and with me helping out the auto-focus, I can get usable photos in very low light when using the 2 X extender.
Here’s a couple of images from my uncooperative subject files. This pewee was singing constantly when it was perched in partial shade.
But when it moved out into full sunshine, it wouldn’t so much as let out a chirp.
At least he struck a nice pose for me.
Changing gears, I have plenty of flower photos left over.
I could probably fill an entire post with flowers.
Back to the birds. One day this spring, I found this great crested flycatcher…
…and this house finch…
…standing in the parking lot of the headquarters for the Muskegon State Game Area. I was changing settings to try to get them both in focus at the same time when the flycatcher decided to take off, so I had to shoot quickly.
What the heck, I may as well empty out the folder that those photos came from.
Let’s see here, what else do I have saved?
I usually try to shoot a landscape or two every time that I’m out, but few of them make it into posts that I do, because they’re not that good. But, it helps to stay in practice in case the opportunity to shoot a good one comes along.
Sometimes, those photos include birds.
But, I’m not very good at those shots either.
I do pretty good with turtles though.
Before I forget, I promised to post this photo soon, so now’s as good of time as any.
Well, the rain moved through the area sooner than what I expected from the forecast, and from the radar images that I had checked. I did make it outside for a walk on Saturday, and while I saw plenty of birds, I wasn’t able to bring home a single image of any of them. I did shoot a few photos of various fungi that I saw, but they will appear in a later post, since I’m almost out of room in this post for too many more photos.
Instead, I’ll finish this post with these three images.
I stood there watching the butterfly through the viewfinder, mesmerized by the way that the light played off its hairy wings.
I never did get exactly the shot that I wanted, which is why I’m including three of the many photos that I shot as I watched the butterfly sipping nectar from the goldenrod flowers.
I got my birthday present a day early this year. No, it has nothing to do with photo gear, other than I used a camera and lens to check another species of bird off from my list of birds for the My Photo Life List that I’m working on. This time, I did it in style, there’s no questioning if this is really a buff-breasted sandpiper or not.
That’s number 227, only 124 more to go.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!