I searched (Googled) for Wildfires to learn how many are still burning. As I could not find an answer I proceeded to check on one of the local News Stations; there were none mentioned. It is safe to assume that if any remain active they must be small or nearly extinguished. Now the weather prediction is for more rain this week and snow in the Sierra’s. That is what we need most is snow which is like water in the bank, not nearly enough to pull us out of the drought but every bit is valuable. I’m sure the state is bracing for the second part of fire season during the rains, mudslides.
I took a few good photos over the weekend beginning Friday morning.
The Seagulls have begun to claim the pylons, normally the one most in demand is the outboard on the North end of the old dock. I had this opportunity to frame the bird with the pylons and the use of the blue stripe on the sailboat in the background. It’s a bit busy but it’s a good image, perhaps it won’t win a Red ribbon but a few nods of approval is a booster. Seagulls are creatures of habit, catching them doing something unique or different is fairly hard. Luckily when they are not flying they strike a pose and hold it for a long while.
The picture above is the same bird that has assumed a new position I framed it in the same sense. However in this shot the bird has no where to fly, the pylon on the left appears to block his path. It is in the foreground but to view this photo my mind tells me it’s a dead end road. Subjects need to appear there is plenty of room for them to go.
I happened to have the opportunity to capture several good detailed images of Cormorants in the morning sun. I have gotten several at rest but this session happened to be set up with the morning sun directing a nice glow on the dark birds.
These images are all of the same bird, it was in a flock of six I isolated them in the air and as I was focused on this one I stayed with it focus wise. It was a good choice as the entire blast at 7 shots a second paid off. Seven is in my opinion the optimum speed, some cameras have the capability of taking 30 images per second. When taking that number in such a short amount of time very little is missed, and that’s good as it gives us a large selection to choose from. However it has pitfalls also, one is many of the photos appear to be duplicates of the one before it. At 30 shots per second most of the photos would be deleted.
I am happy with seven per second I don’t miss many strokes of the wings each image is a cycle of its own. The tricky part as usual is settings on the camera, if the shutter speed is too slow blurring may occur when not desired. There are times when it is intentionally used to show movement, it’s an interesting strategy. There are many times when a photographer wants the picture to be different blurring action slightly is effective in that aspect.
It’s been a good weekend for photography as the critters are returning to the slough, the weather is nice (until tomorrow) and the sky is partly cloudy. Hopefully we will receive a good amount of rain, the wind will be below 25 mph and the mudslides will not develop.
Jacques Lebec Natural Self Reliance