Thank God It’s Finally Monday. Okay, yes that’s a bit of stretch. While I love the work that I do, I also enjoy wearing tee shirts, jeans, and doing my own thing. I probably need the structure of my day job to keep me semi productive. 🙂
Sunday, late afternoon, as is our custom, Jeanne and I took a photo drive. Saturday I had seen some Great Egrets at the 16th Street Basin but didn’t have a long enough lens with me to capture any decent images. We arrived at the Basin around 5:45 p.m. just in time to capture the setting sun light on the pond. There were several Egrets on the South side of the Basin and I was able to slowly move the car into a good shooting position.
They actually seemed quite comfortable with my position and one of them walked back and forth (fishing) about 50 yards away for a long time, so I had a great shooting distance. I racked off 600 shots over a period of about 20 minutes. About 2/3 of those were soft because I had forgotten to adjust the Vibration Reduction switch on the 80 – 400 mm lens. The last time I had shot with that lens I had used a tripod. 😦 So I deleted over 400 shots of shots that were not sharp. Truth of the matter is of course I don’t think I need 400 images of the same Egret walking back and forth. 🙂
We then drove down to the little park just off the River Road. We enjoy going there as there are usually a lot of gulls around and sometimes other kinds of wildlife. This day there was a man on a motorcycle was feeding the gulls and they were plentiful. Flying all around him trying to get some of the bounty he was dispersing. The shot above is not cropped at all. In fact I took it at the 200 mm focal length and still couldn’t get the entire gull in the frame.
I hope you had a great weekend. Enjoy your Monday and as always thanks for stopping by the blog. Be careful.