When The Stars Align

F15 and be there.  That’s the mantra of most serious photographers. There are times, however, when the stars align just so and a shot comes along and basically sits in your lap.  The light is good, you have the right lens on the camera and it’s on a sturdy tripod, you’re positioned in the right spot, the wind is calm, and the background is interesting but not distracting. Then the subject walks right up to you, (or in this case flies up to you) and strikes a nice pose.  You fire the shutter and, badabing, it’s perfectly in focus. I sure would love it if it worked like that all the time, but…  Let’s face it, you could work for months trying to set up all of those conditions and chances are you’ll have to compromise one or two of them.  I think it really only happens by luck.

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5 Responses to “When The Stars Align”

  1. Stephen Says:

    Beautiful shot.

  2. Vince Says:

    Fantastic, you’re right that was a real chance shot.

    Which lens?

  3. Sonny's Pics Says:

    Thanks Vince. I shot that with a 200mm f/2.8 lens.

  4. Peter Says:

    Your bird photography is wonderful. I live on an urban migration route and I run around my street with my binoculars like a fool all spring tracking bird-song and identifying birds. My neighbours have had to get used to me standing in their driveway at 7 a.m. gazing up at their trees. It’s a good thing we all know each other.

  5. Sonny's Pics Says:

    Thanks Peter. Birders are so misunderstood. 🙂

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