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on Aug 15, 2019 in Landscape Photography

The Lonely Rocks

Duck Island – Offshore Rock
captured by Z6 / Z24-70f2.8

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.

Duck Island – Offshore Rock
captured by Z6 / Z24-70f2.8

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!

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