Day 349: A Mother’s Warning

Photo of the Day

Today after work I decided to head back down to the Wabash River to try to see what I could get a picture of today. This little spot that I found is really great. I have not taken the same shot twice, and something always surprises me. Early on in the shot I swore that I heard a low flying jet. I couldn’t find it, and kept watching over the river. Not too long after that I heard the noise again, and saw what appeared to be some sort of military transport making its way over the river. I took a couple of shots, and then noticed that a second plane had joined it. Both planes moved towards campus. Maybe they were practicing for a flyover, but the next game is a week and a half away. That seems early to practice. They made a couple more runs, but never made it back over the river. After the excitement with the planes ended I focused back on the river. I noticed that the ducks that I have always seen far down the river were actually making their way towards me. I stayed patient waiting for them to get closer before taking any shots. I took one safety early on, but I wanted them to fill the frame before I started firing. I took a couple with nice backgrounds, and then a small group swam very close in front of me. I had the camera up ready to fire when the mother rose up and spread out her wings. I assume that she was warning me, but I may be wrong. Either way she went back down, and continued feeding. I am glad that I had my camera up to capture this quick moment. The fading sun really made the ducks look great. I love this little spot, and as fall nears I think I may visit it even more often.

Technical Data

Not a lot to report here. I performed a very small crop in Lightroom more for composition than anything else. I also upped the highlights and clarity a bit. That is all that was done to this shot. I guess that I could talk a little longer about my 70-200mm lens with the 1.4x extender that I used here. It is not the best lens for wildlife photography, but it does a great job when you can get close enough to your subjects. I think that for the little wildlife shooting that I do that I have a good lens here. I can always get the 2x extender if I want to reach out a little more.

Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

Here is that part of the post where I talk about the photowalk that I am leading on campus after the Wisconsin game in October. The date is October 13th to be exact, and the walk will start at 4 o’clock est at the Neil Armstrong Statue in front of the Armstrong Hall of Engineering. Over  1,000 photowalks are planned around the world. If you are not near West Lafayette then you kind find a walk near you on the Kelby site. Sign up now to be part of this event. Nearly 17,000 walkers have already signed up so far. Activity has picked up a bit on the Purdue sites even with the short time being posted. You don’t have to be a pro (I am far from it) to attend. Any kind of camera is welcome as well. Here are a few links to the various sites which promote the event. If you want to sign up you should do so on the Kelby site in order to be eligible for the prizes though.

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk ( Official Purdue Site)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Facebook Page)

Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Purdue Google+ Page)

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