I went to the park a bit later in the morning 10ish A.M. I was expecting the light to be well mid morning light nothing special so I went with the mindset of I need to get out in nature and see what birds I can see . Well I walked down to the Canoe Dock and looked around. Glinting on top of a small stick caught my eye. So I got one shot just so I would have the first shot in the can so to speak. I don't know about you but the first shot on the card or on the roll of film makes me feel better. Well I wanted to get lower and the dock is narrow maybe a meter or less wide. I second guessed myself and said 1/500 would be good keep in mind if I jumped from iso-400 to 800 I could have gotten 1/1000 shutter speed and still been good on noise. I grabbed the shots I wanted with the camera and lens a few inches off the water.
I love the colors and the framing of this shot. Maybe if I am lucky the export at 1980 pixels on the long side might conceal my issue maybe not. The photo looks reasonably sharp until you look at it in a 100% zoom. Then you can see the slight shake of the camera or slight blur. I may print this one just to see what it looks like in a print maybe 8x10. I am curious to see how that bit of camera shake translates to print.
Anyway enough of my moaning and kicking myself in the arse for a stupid error.
Fred is alive and well it has been almost a month since I have seen him and I have seen a few 10-12 footers in the area. Most likely males and for those that wonder why this is an important concern about Fred. Well gators are cannibals or can be given that he/she is about a meter long it would only be a small snack for a larger gator. He was playing the you can't see me game.
There is a bridge that I enjoy spending a bit of time on and while I look for birds or animals I spend a fair amount of time looking at this scene. It reminds me of North Florida and well it is a comfort location for me.
The little guy I photographed on the log a couple of weeks ago was chilling out on the log again or should I say warming up on the log hehe. He was at the far right side of the log near the weeds and for some reason I wanted to play with framing and see what I could make of it. Jury is out on how I feel about the image but I did learn some about foreground framing. Now to dial it into what I like.
Further down the pathway and some 17 different bird species later I came across this guy swimming across the Canal. The reflection is the main reason I took this shot it looks like a patchwork quilt that he/she is swimming on. I do wish it would have turned several degrees towards me but outside of that it is not a terrible shot.
I ended up seeing 31 species of birds today so a new record for the park. I go 0 useable shots because well the leaves were larger than the birds and they were good at hiding behind them. I do have a few new species to stalk and try to get a semi-useable shot of so incentive to return soon to the park.
I think the main thing I was reminded of is if I have extra shutter speed available to me I need to use it and not leave it on the table only to discover I should have used it when I go to look at the images on a larger screen.