This past Sunday was just one of those days. I had every intention of trying my second new lens. In changing my macro lens to another lens, I would have sworn I attached my new 16-35mm lens. Due to being pressed for time, I flew out the door thinking I had everything I required.
Arriving at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Park, I went to put on my camera vest on and to my shock the vest was not snug as it should have been. Puzzled, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how that happened and did my best to tighten the tabs. Once those buckles are locked in, they don’t move. Not doing a perfect job, I buckled myself in anyways, making do with the adjustments as is. I’d adjust this contraption with the 1001 adjustments when I got home.
The camera vest …. left is front, right is back.
Now this is how unaware I was. Where my head was at I do not know. Probably on just how cold it was and what crazy person (me) would be out in that cold. I should have my head examined sometimes for some of the things I do. I didn’t even realize I had the wrong lens on after shooting for almost 2 hours. You would think I would have noticed. Um, no. Not until I got home did I see I had as my lens for the day, my 24-105mm lens. I just stood and stared. How did I not notice this? Oh my goodness!
If that wasn’t bad enough, I could have used my 100-400mm lens, which of course was snug at home, because to my sheer amazement as I was returning to my vehicle, two Great Blue Herons flew in the pond next to me. I saw them come in but because of the jungle between me and the pond, I had to go around to another spot, and quickly, in order to attempt to get a picture. I walked/jogged/ran to get there, praying oh please please be there when I get to where I wanted to shoot.
Yep, they were still there. As I was quietly running on crunching ice (yeah right!) on a wooden boardwalk at that, I whipped my camera off my vest and turned it on, getting ready. My camera settings were f/18 with an ISO of 100, with a shutter speed, I kid you not of 1/13th of a second.
For those of you non-photographers, that is a very slooooooooow shutter speed. Many don’t shoot that low unless their camera is on a tripod. I shoot hand-holding at that speed deliberately because I love the softness it brings to images. Anyways, I did not have time to fiddle with my settings so I compromised in having a low shutter speed, which you do not want to have when shooting birds, especially a Blue Heron who is a very shy bird. Oh yes, having a second camera body all ready to shoot birds would really be nice. *sighs* Shot at 105mm and tightly cropped with much fussing in Photoshop:
The Great Blue Heron
The original image:
See how far away I was? And this picture was taken with a 105mm focal length. Now do you understand why I could have used my 100-400mm lens? Believe me, this Moment was the highlight of my time out with Mother. My toes were cold as icicles and the skin on my face was screaming OW. My fingers? They had dropped off somewhere back about a half an hour before I got this guy. But! The JOY I felt in getting this bird made the cold just like that disappear!
I had asked for sunshine on a day where I saw sun in the morning yet by the time I was out in the woods, heavy grey clouds hung in the sky.
PALEEZE, sun! Like a champ, though, I was positive I would see the sun. Then to my horror, not one minute after I shot the above image, I was in the middle of a blizzard. I was so frustrated I shouted out loud, “Now I know sun and snow start with the same letter BUT there is a huge difference! I asked for SUN not snow!” And here is what things looked like:
This time those marks across the picture are for real and not created in Photoshop. Yep, snow! It was so cold that I met a young woman dressed like a mummy. At least I think she was young for all I could see of her were her eyes. She told me while conversing, “It feels colder now then it did this past winter. This cold hurts!” Yep, I’ve been saying the exact same thing. So it just is not me or my um age. Even the youngsters are feeling this biting cold.
Folks, this snow deal here is getting really old. And I for real am getting grumpy. OH I need my flowers! And then some! I really hope you did get a laugh, however. I wrote this post meaning to do just that. If you can’t win, laugh!
Photography/ “Surprises”/ April 2018©AmyRose