This time of year I hear gunshots. Tons of shooting. West of our home is the bird refuge and gun clubs. Being that I am a photographer don’t expect me to go off on hunters. They have every right to their hobby as I do mine. I only hope that they are all trustworthy to limits, species and season. I have seen photographs of trophy elk, deer and other mammals killed by hunters that have created some anxiety for me. Those trophy animals will never be seen in the wild again. The thrill for a photographer to search for and find a trophy animal is the same as that of the hunter. The difference is that when the photographer is finished “shooting” the beautiful trophy is there for others to enjoy in the wild. Tonight I went out to the refuge to enjoy the “birds”. I was entering as the hunters were leaving. Thank goodness for posted areas “Wildlife resting area – No Hunting or trespassing”. Gave me a place to sit back and watch the birds – Alive an Well!
Nikon D3, 200-400mm lens, 1.7 teleconverter, ISO 3200, f/6.7 @ 1/3200, EV Comp -1.67 Topaz Filter in “Post”
This weeks assignments is our choice. But it must be something that we want to learn more about. I have been wanting to spend more time shooting stop action photo’s. My preference would be hummingbirds or some wildlife subject. But they have all flown south or underground.
Tonight in the hotel I set my two flashes and bought a some cherry tomatoes. After about 400 attempts ( no trigger just hand fired) here a few of my first attempts. Shot with my 105 f/2.8 macro lens.
The challenge was to get the tomato to fall in just the right place. Had to do a little clean up………
For the last several weeks I have really missed my fall excursions in Yellowstone. One reason is the early mornings. There literally is an endless number of opportunities to photograph in the early AM! Boy do I miss it. Maybe, just maybe I can get back up to that area ( my second home) in the next few weeks…….:-)
Great article to read. A discussion that plays out everyday with photographers: http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles1109/dw1109-1.html