The Lonely Rocks
It still amazes me how life clings to the smallest things and manages to survive, even flourish! I was reminded of this when we were working with Alaskan Sea Otters in Kachemak Bay last week. A favorite locale of mine to shoot is Duck Island. You can see it from Homer looking across the bay, it’s a small island about the size of a football field. It is a major nesting colony for Black-legged Kittiwakes along with Pelagic Cormorants, Horned & Tufted Puffins, and some other seabirds. It’s a symphony of sounds and a nostril full of smells of new life. Typically, I go with a long lens and focus in on just the nesting birds but this time, I wanted to tell about the celebration of life on the lonely rocks in the middle of the sea.
How do you say lonely and celebration of life in the same click? I thought going long but then remembering I was in a boat, I went wide and used the boat to zoom “with my feet.” Shooting with the Z6 / Z24-70f2.8, I watched first the “loneliness” of the rock and then blasted away once I saw the flying dust spots align in a cool pattern. Then once back at the computer, selected the pattern of flight that tells the story I wanted to convey. In that process, it made me long to be in those slow swells on the water experiencing it all over again. Good times, good times!