Stay a Little Longer

October 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Today I believe was the first true test of my photography journey.  Yesterday was a soccer game which gives plenty of opportunites to get at least one or two good shots along with a couple flowers from my backyard in a controlled enviroment.  Today I visited a location where I have never been, so no opportunity to scout locations or find my favorite spot.  I knew my first ever visit to Cattus Island would challenge my abilty to find opportunutues for a good photograph and force me to think and work on the fly as I try to take 90% of my shots in full manual mode.  As I walked the trails I found a lot of basic scenery and occasional flower but nothing that stood out to me so I took a few shots and moved on.  As I got deeper into the park I started to see downed trees, large mossy trees and rotted out trees.  I starterd looking inside the cavities of the trees hoping nothing would jump out at me but maybe catch something interesting.  That is where todays photo came from.  It was a leaf gently resting on a very slight spiderweb.  This gave the illusion of the leaf floating about 6 inched from the bottom.  I tried a few hand held shots but then realized I really need to put the time into this and get it perfect.  I took out my tripod which I packed with me and started setting it up with the lens almost completely inside the tree cavity.  I came out with what I thought were some pretty cool photos of what seems to be a leaf floating inside the tree.  This taught me that you never know where or when an opportunuty will reveal itself but you need to look for them and take advantage of it.  I spend about 20 minutes in this tree before moving on and trying to capture some scenery.  I ran out of time and battery but now, equipped with a second battery, I am ready for round 2 of my Cattus Island shoot tomorrow.  You can see more of the photos from today on our facebook page.


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