not a creature is stirring.

The middle of July is about 1/2 of the way until Christmas, one of my Grand-Daughters was born on the 25th. I suggested to her we could celebrate it in July if she wanted to. I don’t think it’s a good idea either.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take pictures of the few critters out in the wind. It’s not let up since the end of April, the animals are avoiding it. The Gulls, Terns and Cormorants have thrown in the towel, Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Turkey Vultures are the lone hold outs.

Oh I forgot the Hawks, they follow the Vultures out at noon they are creatures of habit. I don’t like to post belly shots or tail shots but I wanted to publish the male and female together. The fledglings must now be either out of the nest or grown enough not to cause the parents to worry. But this is the name of the game, set up the camera, get some coffee and wait for a chance.

The secret is patience, it may be the worst kept secret in photography. The only thing that is quick concerning nature is when a bird is flying with this wind. The prediction is for a cooling trend, it’s been 70º here it must be going to be in the 50º range. It feels like late October here, I don’t know where the weather guessers are reading the over 100º temps.

The silver lining is I have time to mess with camera settings, being able to study each one is a good opportunity. I’ve been spending my time after the photo sessions working on editing with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. Not too much on Photoshop as I have found the best avenue for me is to pre-edit then send to P.S.

The deep dark Turkey Vultures are editing well now that I figured out the lighting. Setting the light meter to +1/2 eliminated much of the dark shadows I was battling. The other issue was the shutter speed which appears to be moot if I adjust the light. Distance is a factor as well, I regularly attempt to reach out way too far to capture an image. I was looking at the new Canon 800mm prime lens, but I could accomplish the same results if I were to wait for them to get in range or I suppose I could move closer.

Jacques Lebec Flutter Shutter

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