Day 10 — Habit
Me and the hubs are birders and we have made a habit of visiting the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge a few times a month since we first found our way there in June. Our goal for 2014 was to see a Bald Eagle and wild turkeys. We actually did see both in 2014 but neither sighting produced a useable photo (oh boy they sure weren’t). With news of a Snowy Owl sighting and lots of Bald Eagles congregating around the scarce open water we made our way down to Refuge in the hopes of seeing the rare Snowy Owl and perhaps also spotting a Bald Eagle or two. And so today, I finally got my first semi decent shot of a Bald Eagle. Standing out in the bitter cold talking to a fellow birder I finally got a useable shot of a Bald Eagle! As an added bonus we got to see a beautiful winter sunset. It was so worth the cold feet. Note to self: Comfy sneakers are not warm sneakers.
Due to my chagrin at yesterday’s unmitigated disaster (no, that photo is definitely not on this page) and inspired in part by the two most recent CY365 podcasts I decided to go off the prompt list today and just go back to the basics. Today’s photo is an exercise in working with light metering (center-weighted), good light (diffused with a piece of white felt over a lamp) and good composition. I shot this from several different angles and several different heights. This photo was taken from a little to the left with my camera sitting on top of a box so that the lens was fairly dead on with the doll’s face. The only editing done to this photo is a crop and this is only because part of my tan kitchen wall wound up in the photo and well tan really just didn’t go with the photo’s color scream. :)