I don’t think I have ever been as disappointed with a photo shoot as I was with the one I did yesterday. The questions for me as I get ready to go on a shoot are, where to go and what do I want to try to capture on this shoot. What I try to capture is usually (but not always) dependent on where I choose to go. So after much self debate (yes I did even answer myself) I decided to try the Mud Lake area. My reasoning was based on the hope that some of the migratory wildlife might be hanging around the marsh there. I was wrong and never saw so much as a ubiquitous gull.
I shot 160 shots in beautiful golden sunlight. The problem is there just wasn’t anything of substance to shoot. So much for my theorem that it doesn’t really matter what you have in front of your lens as long as the light is beautiful. I pretty well disproved that yesterday.
Since I didn’t find anything at the Mud Lake Park I decided to go to the marsh behind the John Deere tractor plant. Jeanne and I had gone there earlier in the year and found a variety of wildlife to shoot. Additionally I reasoned I didn’t really have enough sun light time left to get further than the marsh. There is a trail that runs from the parking area to the river and all along the trail are small canals of water for the water fowl. The trail is about 14 miles long and I walked every mile of it. Okay, let me be honest, the trail is probably only a little over a mile long but in my current physical condition it felt like 14 miles.
I kept saying to myself, “The farther you go the farther it is going to be to get back to the car.” I was right. 🙂
As I was walking back to the car the sun was rapidly going down and it created this silhouette of the water tower at the John Deere Plant. the only image from the 160 that I like. I did not enhance the color of the sunset. What you see is what I saw. All I did was darken the shadows a bit so there was no distraction from the water tower.
So disappointed and cold I made it back to the car and it felt good to sit down and feel the warmth of the car heater. I ran through the images on the little LCD on the back of the camera. I thought I had captured some nice images, (of course when I got them on the big screen of my iMac, I realized that I had not.) So I headed back home. The good news was I didn’t have far to travel.
As I turned onto the main road out of the John Deere plant area I caught a glimpse of several deer feeding in a harvested corn field. Nothing special about this shot other than it was shot at 32,000 ISO. There was some noise in the image but easily removed in Light Room. Shortly after this shot the herd ran off into the timber so I was lucky to get this image.
Sorry for the lack of inspiring images. I’ll try again today. I hope you enjoy your Sunday. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.