A family down the street loves the holiday season.
They are known throughout the town for the outstanding lighting of their house and yard.
Today is special for most Americans because it is Thanksgiving. It is extra special in my family this year because Thanksgiving falls on November 25, my wonderful daughter's birthday.
Thanksgiving dinner and a festive birthday party will be combined here today.
Great to be back to live performances.
Yesterday I wrote about how hard it is to capture a bird in flight.
But, the biggest birds around here -- pelicans, eagles, ospreys, great blue herons -- fly pretty smoothly in straight lines. So, if I see one of them in the distance coming in my direction, I can be ready.
Like, for this osprey and fish. It was overcast when the osprey flew over me, so the sky looked white.
I might stand silently with my lens trained on a bird for 15 minutes. The instant I drop the lens to swat a mosquito, the bird will fly away. Or, I will see a bird and reach for my camera, and it will fly away before I have the camera in hand. Or, it will be facing left but unexpectedly decide to fly to the right.
I was focusing on this little blue heron for quite a while. Without warning, it flew off, making me snip an eighth of an inch off its bill and even less off its wing feathers.
The easiest way to catch a bird departure is to reduce the zoom so the bird fills less of the frame and there is a split second more time to react. But, the bird image will be smaller and less sharp when cropped.
Decisions . . .