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on Aug 11, 2011 in Field Reports

Really? Why?

Really? Why? Why go out shooting when you KNOW the subjects look like shit, the light is shit so the photographs gotta look like….shit? It has to make you scratch your head!

Lordie…it really can’t get much worse! No sooner then the sun comes up and yuck!

But if you wait a couple of minutes, the reason why you went out becomes clear. At least it does to me. Set up the tripod, walk the 600mm & D3x for a while, stalk some critters, make some clicks, do a little panning, get the cob webs out and reaffirm good techniques and practice good habits. That’s why I go out when I know it’s going to suck. Yeah, I got up at 04:30 to be in place at sunrise knowing once that sun came up, I would not be a happy camper. Photographically, for that moment at least.

Mono Lake has a lot of water right now causing much of the familiar beach to disappear. The California Gulls have to change up their biology a little, feeding on the Brine Flies in locales and with habits they normal don’t have to contend with. So getting some of that biology for the long term story recorded is a good thing. It felt good to get out and stretch the 600mm, it had been a month since I had a feathered bird in its glass. And being out is always better then being inside if for no other reason you stretch your mind. And me being me, once out on the beach I saw a possibility unfolding with time. When you find food, well, those who have read Captured know the answer. What was it and did it happen? Come on back tomorrow to find out.

Photos cpatured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film