|The boat landing, you can see the ice and the ducks and geese|
|Here comes the sun...|
|Yes, I would like to kayaking in you by the weekend, thank you.|
|Though the highlights are blown out, I do love this picture I think. :)|
|Moody back view of the stone house|
|Part of the foundation and an apparent silo|
It was fun to shoot there and at the quickly degrading house across the street, and so where to go next? I had seen in one of the many snowfalls this past week a little pond that is up the road towards town. I had seen the boy who lives in the house next to it fiddling around with a canoe in that pond during the week (this water will dry up later in the spring), and he left it on the shore. I noticed this picture as I was driving past to go to work several mornings in a row, so I parked and got that shot too. I am not 100% happy with this, but it will do.
|The canoe is waiting|
So after a quick stop at the grocery store, I decided that maybe I should drive up to Butternut Lake and see if I could get some cloud shots over the lake. The clouds were sort of cooperating and I thought of a few places that I could try out. Since I was on the highway I drove up to the boat landing on the far end of the lake. I have no idea if you would consider that the north side or the east side or what the hell ever... but I went to the little boat landing - Koch's landing- for those of you in the know. I was scoping out the state of the blue sky and where the sun was as I was driving into the area and was stunned by the sight that greeted me. There was open water by the shore, ice after that and a bunch of waterfowl!! Probably 10 swans (tundra swans) and a bunch of geese and ducks as well. **I would like to thank my intuition for insisting on taking along the telephoto lens** Anyway, I quietly exited the car and avoided actually getting knee deep in the swampy margins of the lake, and found a frozen path out past much of the brush that was obstructing my view. I realized about 30 min. later that I was seriously underdressed and had inadequate footwear! Oh well, feet can be warmed and car seat heaters can be turned up. I do get myself into places I don't expect, lol. Even with the size of my new lens, I was still a bit far away, but the quality of my camera allowed some serious cropping of the photos of these birds.
|Beautiful in flight|
|Oh, and I stopped at the big boat landing on the west side of the lake too!|
I learned a lot about my camera on this trip, and from some photography discussions I learned what I REALLY should have set my camera setting to. Lol. I was so happy with this day! In spite of not being able to get out to kayak yet, and the cold, and the snow, I did use some of these conditions to my advantage!
|I admittedly slapped a preset on this one! :) Its a bit bright. haha|
Of course part of learning new things is being frustrated with not knowing instantly how to do everything, if that makes sense?! So even after successfully solving a few issues with the camera, the editing program offers its own array of bang-your-head-on-the-table moments. Thank heaven for YouTube. I found one guy, who I LOVE listening to (Swiss accent- I am a sucker for an accent) but he sort of over-edits. But I have found so much technique that I can use and I needed to start somewhere. So I am loving the way most of these pictures are turning out, but there are flaws in all of them. And they make my eye twitch. But, I am showing you the ones that don't make me slam my computer shut in irritation, so there is that!! Lol
Anyway, I am finding my way around this new technology and feel like I am making some progress. I sort of thrive on these sorts of challenges and am looking forward to more. I am itching to get some portraits now, I wonder if I have any grandchildren available for practice?? :D That will certainly be a joy!