Photographically speaking, it was a tough week. I’ve actually been out birding, a.k.a. walking, twice this week and haven’t managed to get a single shot I’ve liked. There still doesn’t seem to be nearly as many birds as usual so there are less opportunities to get a shot.
Even when there have been opportunities, I haven’t been able to capitalize on them because of lighting conditions. On Wednesday’s walk through Nisqually the skies were overcast most of the time, making it nearly impossible to get enough light into the shade where most small birds like this Ruby-Crowned Kinglet disappear into a murky blob, despite the wonders of Aperture and Photoshop
and it’s pure luck if you can manage to capture a Ring-Billed Gull by panning as it flies by.
Friday’s walk at Theler Wetlands in Belfair was blessed with bright skies but perhaps even fewer photo opportunities. As I’ve noted before, though, bright light can be nearly as challenging as low lighting. I liked this shot of a Gold-Crowned Sparrow, but the shadow on the head was so dark that it distracted considerably. Even some fancy cutting, pasting, and dodging could only create a “passable” shot,but the shadows weren’t nearly as bad as those on the Bald Eagle that flew by even closer than this
but right out of the sun, leaving little more than a silhouette. Of course, this shot’s only slightly better than the one I deleted.
Unfortunately, things got even worse this weekend when I got so caught up in Gavin’s soccer game that I entirely FORGOT to take pictures, even when he finally scored a goal. Never try to photograph anything you’re emotionally caught up in!
Still, if I had to choose between living life or photographing it, I’d choose living it every time.