This is the first installment of my RCLivesay Grand Lake Photo Blog. In it I will share many of my own thoughts and feelings about living and photographing on and around the lake. I will also share insights and techniques that may help others improve their photography skills and perhaps even get more in touch with the natural beauty available to us in this wonderful environment.
Let me start with one of the images I posted yesterday along with this lengthy caption. (the caption is a bit "tongue in cheek" an attitude that comes all too easily to me). It reads:
To attain the level of Master Pelican Photographer, one must transcend such things as focus and exposure, and become a true Pelican Whisperer. Then one can gently suggest, " If you would kindly step forward and turn to the right just a little, you would cast a perfect shadow on your friend next to you.....There, see how he did that, now you, next over, same thing, ....there, now we have two perfect shadows.....hold it..... (CLICK) Thanks very much guys, catch you tomorrow. (LOL) RC.
It's always fun to be humorous, but the truth is that one of the best ways to add impact to an image is to pay attention to shadows and reflections, especially when photographing around the lake.
In this second image, I also used naturally occurring shadows from the tree branches to add intrigue to this Great White Egret who was posing nicely on one foot.
The last image from today's shoot on the Lake shows how important it is be patient when photographing any wildlife. I had been sitting in my boat at the base of a dead tree and watching a Great Blue Heron for almost an hour when he suddenly shook his wings and feathers and a huge plume of dust and down filled the air around him. It was quite unusual and definitely put some action into a static photo. I would never have captured this image without patience and preparedness.