Thursday, January 25, 2007

THURSDAY'S CRITTER -- Seagull in the Morning Light


Blogger micki said...

Camera - Minolta Dynax 9
Film - Fuji Superia ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-8 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens @ 300mm
Scanning Method - Epson Perfection 4990 Photo scanner

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I took (well, dragged) the kids out yesterday afternoon late so that I could get some shooting done in the beautiful warm light at that time of day. I made dinner early so I wouldn’t have to cook as much if we got home late. Which we did. I didn’t shoot a single thing on my list, but got in few interesting shots of things that I came across instead.

Here’s the painful part of our outing. I was checking out one particular area of salt marsh and sure enough, as I’d hoped, spotted a blue heron flying low right over the grasses. Too far away to do anything about, but good to know he was there. Then I spotted this lovely little abandoned house and thought I’d take a few shots in b&w. Apparently I had parked the van in a poor location for a school bus driver to make her wide turn. She gave the horn a loud beep, but I didn’t think it was directed at me. After all, our bus driver used to beep her horn at us kids for all sorts of reasons. I wonder what she was thinking when it took me so long to respond. Anyway, that wasn’t the painful part, although for my kids it was. A little embarrassed at Mom, I’m sure. The painful part came later when I was sneaking up on some seagulls sunbathing on a lovely little pier. A blue heron (probably the one I’d seen earlier) comes flying noisily across the water and comes to rest on an old wooden post right in the middle of the front yard of a homeowner who lives adjacent to the public landing I was at. He sat there for twenty minutes before I finally left. He was so large and so beautiful, and so out of range of my 500mm! Oh, curse those No Trespassing signs! How about a “Welcome Across my Lawn if You’re Shooting Herons” sign? Or maybe “Photographers Only May Traipse Across My Property.” Oh he sat there with the most perfect background, just looking at me. He knew full well he was safe because I couldn’t come past that wood rail fence! He was still there when I left, but by then the light was so low I would’ve had to have him sit right down in front of me to get a shot.

Oh, then on the way home we come around a turn and there’s a huge flock of something or other…buzzards? the woods along side the road. So I come back around, but a car was behind me so I couldn’t slow down to see better. I find a place to park, switch lenses and put on my flash. My oldest is telling me I cannot park in the middle of the road to take pictures because we’ll be on a turn. (I’ve taught her well.) But it actually wasn’t on the turn and I fully intended to go back around and see if I could pull it off anyway. Well, they turned out to be turkeys and took off as soon as I pulled over. Ah, the elusive shots that I missed yesterday. Here’s hoping the ones I did get make up for the ones I didn’t.

Today’s seagull is probably one from the flock from yesterday’s shots I took, as this was the same location we were at.

12:11 PM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Shoulda..woulda...coulda..that's the way I miss those special shots too.
Great shot and I like your title it sounds like the title of a song.

12:54 PM  
Blogger manju said...

Very cute bird. Nice catch, Micki !

1:02 PM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Beautiful shot, Micki! I like the DOF and the colors on the bird!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

I like a lot this beautiful critter! You have done a great capture!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous torekimi said...

A beautiful job on a rat-of-the-air. One for the family album (his family album, obviously, not yours).

7:14 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

A fine shot!

10:52 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

What an awesome photo. Great detail and color. Excellent capture!

1:41 AM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Nicely done. I had forgotten the eastern gulls are a bit smaller than the condor like beasties we have here. I really like the light and the staggering of the pilings, good composition.

2:05 AM  
Anonymous AG said...

Gripping journal entry there! Birds being so difficult does make the successes all the sweeter, I say. Such low, creamy light you have worked with in this gull shot, too. And, the abandoned house? Eagerly awaited!

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Incredible shot, Micki. Very nice side lighting.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous paul said...

Beautiful morning light! Nice and tranquil. I still can't get over how good your new scanner is!

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The quality of this photo is superb. Very beautiful shot.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous sil said...

Great shot, Micki. :)

9:43 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

This one looks ready for a little bird nap - fantastic tales of shots that got away...

6:30 PM  

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