Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Shore Birds in Rain Squalls

I enjoyed spending a brief overnight in New Bern, NC, with brisk but enjoyable winter weather.  However, during the two daylight hours that were available to me for photography, it was dark, raining constantly, and there were heavy, gusty winds.  So of course I went out into it with a weather-resistant camera and telephoto lens, because the shore birds have to eat, so I was sure I'd see some.

I started by shooting gulls that were sitting in the water, bobbing in the waves.  Once, I saw one dive to hunt for something, but I saw no sign of a catch.

I did get to practice follow-focusing on birds in flight, in tricky conditions, between the rain and mist, resulting dim light, and backgrounds that sometimes were more contrasty than my subjects.

This is what the lens looked like when I was done.  I had already dried off the camera body when I thought to get an iPhone snap of the drenched telephoto.


1 comment:

  1. I just learned that Jess Levin died...oh, my God! What happened? My deepest condolences on this loss of a great, talented man.


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