Not always are the birds hunting in the waters alone… If you look closely at the second photo, the bird the alligator caught was the one in the first photo… also the third photo, behind the alligator with the catch I see two figures of birds that look like they are crying for their friend, my husband said they are just sticks but like my Photography name, we all have a different perception. What do you see ???
This guy made the cut so far to, my Teacher has the right at any time to change her mind but This one has not been removed. I loved watching this guy hunt. It amazed me how many unique positions the neck moved in as the body stayed so still. and how long the neck really is. I Enjoy every moment although it took a while to get this catch.
From going on to others blogs to learn, i see it’s about writing to, not just photographs so I am trying to write more of the process.
Here are some more Bird photos that did not make the cut for my final …. Going through the process of taking pictures of birds I have a new respect for all the great shot’s i see on the blogs and in different places, I also really need that huge lens to get closer and more detail. I am using a 300 mm lens and am proud of what I have been able to capture with it. Praying for the right Moment and catching that perfect shot is awesome, when you miss it because you forgot to change the setting or as i have a habit of turning the camera off…uggg.. not so great.. but until we take our last breath we have another chance, right.
Well we went to Port St Lucie to the Savanna’s Preserve State Park.. We hiked through heavy brush, through sinking mud and water up to our knees-I did not enjoy that part..Barely saw any big birds, only small one’s and very few of them. We went down the white and yellow trails, I would not recommend at all for photos.. Mosquito’s everywhere, Thank God we used bug spray …you still felt like stuff was on you everywhere because of the brush running across your legs as you walked..
Here are some that did not make the cut…. We have to submit several photos each week and the teacher pulls what she does not feel fits the portfolio. Neat story about the last one with the snail shell. I was across the river bank and saw a shell-a snail shell picked it up and said to my husband i wonder where the snail went- this shell is pretty big, next photo-he is eating the snail- cool story but it was hard to see the snail so he was not excepted in. A memory I wont soon forget and I have the shell at my house. The bird that is hard to see in the tree, if you look close is missing his foot-I joked in class and said he survived and alligator because they are all around us while walking- another cool fact.
I am in my last Class, Portfolio Development, for my Photography Certificate at Eastern Florida State College. When we were first asked to pick a topic, I choose 3, #1 Domestic Violence- Which would have had to have been done in the studio-No props my teacher said. #2 was Beach action shots-Because every time I take my boys to the beach you see someone doing something different. #3 Unique People- When ever I look around I find uniqueness in everyone I see from the hair to the clothes to the freckles or dimples, everyone has a unique beauty about them. Well that was In August…..Now in October we are getting Down to Our Final 10 Photos we have to present and my Topic totally changed to Birds, Specifically birds eating. I have learned a lot from my first shot till Just today taking photos for next weeks class. Mainly Birds do not pose, They fly away when you approach them. To get the perfect shot you must be very patient and I have actually learned how to know when they are hunting their prey. They have a routine, they move slow in the water and there necks extend out and in all unique positions while their body’s stay extremely still… Some birds are better hunters than others and just because a bird is big does not mean he is hunting something we would think is right for his size. Sometimes they get tiny fish and they are so fast you better be ready or you will miss the shot. When they hunt snails they get them from the water, bring them to land, crack the shell several times by hitting the shell and then they eat the meat. The really adventurous Birds that have eyes bigger than there stomachs or throats put up a fight but don’t always get to eat what they take so much Time to catch. One blade of grass can unfocus your perfect shot. You are shooting through tress, shrubs, over large spaces of wet lands and thick landscape. It is not easy but when you get the perfect shot It is truly exciting. That perfect shot can take hours to get.
One person in my class asked where I keep my remote control for the birds, I took that as a huge compliment. There is truly no control over the circumstances you just have to walk alot, be quiet, have patience, bug spay and time to get what you are looking for. I have gone to the Viera wetlands, the Orlando wetlands, Enchanted Forest, Merritt Island Wetlands, The Circle B Bar reserve in Lakeland Florida, Amelia Island in Jacksonville; some of them several times to get the shots I am looking for. I look forward to checking out new wetlands as the class goes on and even when it is finished. I have taken several photos of spiders, animals, paths, sunrises and so much more in my search for My Final Portfolio piece of work. I figured I would start sharing my experience with the photos and name them Bird adventure #1 through however many to show you all some of my progress. I wanted to wait till I had my final ten but part of the class is learning how to blog and share your experiences through the class. Hope you all enjoy as much as I did.