Happy Hump Day Wednesday!
I thought, as did some of my friends, that I would spend a greater amount of time on photography after retiring. I’ve actually spent less time for some reason. My passion for and of photography has not wavered and 90% of the time I have a camera with me. However I’ve been focused on many other things and have developed a significant case of being lazy. 🙂
I have four images for today. Yesterday, I had lunch with a dear Friend and for the first time in recent memory I was actually early, so I decided on the way down to stop and photograph anything that interested me. This pond sitting in the middle of a corn field has always attracted my attention for some reason but yesterday I had, for the first time in years, time to stop and photograph it.
When I went by the Duck Pond I saw this Blue Heron. I have ten thousand photos of Herons but I just can’t pass up a chance to photograph one. I had to make a U-turn and do some stealthy sneaking up on this guy to get a shot of him.
On the way out-of-town I stopped at the Hurstville Interpretive Center and shot a couple of images of their flowers.
I love the Interpretive Center and used to spend a lot of my lunch hours just walking around the grounds and enjoying the wildlife and echo system.
Just a word of caution for email users. It used to be pretty easy to spot a phishing email attempt because of the wording and their look. Not so much now. Yesterday I received a notice from PayPal that my account had been put on hold because of a security breach. I opened the email and it looked like every other PayPal email I’ve receive over the years. But when I hovered my mouse cursor over the “Log-In Here” button the URL was clearly not PayPal. I later went to the PayPal website and found there was nothing wrong with my account. Had I been busy or in a hurry I might have clicked on it and who knows what would have happened.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I received an email from Jessi who is the Naturalist at the Interpretative Center in Maquoketa earlier in the week, asking me if I had by chance photographed any of the 10 – 20 Trumpeter Swans that had visited the marsh over the last few days. Sadly I had to tell her that I had not. Most of the time I go by the marsh I haven’t seen anything except perhaps a few Canadian Geese and of course it’s too dark on my home commute to photograph anything.
So yesterday my friend Steve and I had lunch and I suggested to him that I’d like to go check out a few places to see if I could find something to photograph. Right after we ate we headed out and ended up at the Marsh. To my surprise and delight there were five Trumpeters there. Two adults and three juveniles.
It was great to see three fully grown juveniles with their parents. My assumption is they were on a rest break from their journey South and were spending a few hours at the Hurstville Marsh. I didn’t have a lot of time to photograph them and I’m embarrassed to tell you what I did, but it is a good lesson to learn.
I put the Nikon D750 into burst mode so I could capture multiple images of the swans in case they decided to fly. I could only get sometimes 3 images, sometimes 4, and sometimes 7 or more but never just rip them off like I am used to. I thought what is wrong with this camera? The D750 has a pretty decent buffer and I can usually get 20 – 30 images before the buffer fills.
I didn’t have time to think much about it because we had to get back to work but when I downloaded the images it became apparent what the problem was. Apparently the last time I had shot with the D750 I had been shooting HDR and had the camera set up to take a series of 5 one stop bracketed shots. I might take a single shot or two and then press and hold the shutter and get three more rapid shots, then nothing, or I might get a full 5 shots. Good lesson learned, note to self, when your finish shooting reset the camera back to the normal shooting mode. 🙂
That’s it for today. Hope you enjoy your day. Thanks for stopping by the blog and be careful.