I’ve never been much for fishing myself (much to the disappointment of my father – Happy Father’s Day!) but I love to photograph them on a warm summer morning.
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I found myself awake at 4:00 AM this morning and, given the rarity of that situation these days, jumped (rolled) out of bed and lollygagged around for an hour, then decided to go out and shoot the sunrise.
I don’t know why I never remember that shooting a sunrise means you have to have your camera set up and pointed east, ready to go, a half hour before sunrise. When the sun is over the horizon, it’s already probably too late. This morning it was pretty cloudy, but there was a break with some lovely red color just off to the northeast that I might have been able to put together with a zoom lens. But I was about 5 minutes too late and the whole effect was gone.
In a fit of pique, I satisfied myself with this one instead, which was studiously pointed away from the eastern sky.
Played around a bit with macro shots on the river this afternoon. I didn’t have enough time to get into it really deeply, but I did pick up a true macro lens awhile back (Sigma 17-70) so I thought I would test it out. I was pretty pleased with the color and detail I got. I want to do some more of this type of thing, but I struggle sometimes to come up with decent ideas.
A swim meet was my latest self-imposed challenge for me and my intrepid 70D. I discovered a number of interesting things. This particular pool is terribly lit and I had to push the ISO way beyond my normal comfort level in order to get a fast enough shutter speed. I thought about trying to blur the action, but in the end decided to leave that challenge for another day. I also discovered to make sure your equipment is warm before bringing it into such a building. Although thankfully this wasn’t an issue for any of my electronics, when I brought my tripod in from 20 degrees the condensation on it was immediate and impressive. My camera would have been useless and possibly irreversibly damaged had I attempted to use it with the same condensation.
This pool is a small room – just 4 lanes and about 6 feet of walkway around the pool’s edge. Crowded with two swim teams and cheering parents and siblings, it was not easy to find a place to get a good shot. Fortunately the officials were not too particular about where I wandered as long as I wasn’t in the way of the competitors.
This photo is one of my best from the afternoon. It demonstrates the competition, the effort, the muscle tone, and the texture of the water nicely. the colors are nice too. More grainy than I would have liked, but it was impossible to light the scene well under the circumstances.
This is the first frame captured with my new Canon EOS D70. It arrived at 10:30 this morning and I didn’t get a chance to snap the shutter until about 5:30 (if you’re looking at the metadata on it, I haven’t got the time on my camera set right yet, apparently). I knew I wanted my first frame to be at least somewhat post-worthy. I was looking to avoid a “test image” just to see what the shutter sounded like. It was a difficult day because the sun was blazing directly overhead, it was hazy, and it is extremely hot. And although this isn’t among my finest work, I think I accomplished what I set out to do for the first frame.