When we’re out with our cameras around nature, none of us really ever knows what is going to happen. This article shares a series of images captured when almost everything about the shooting conditions were wrong – but pressing the shutter was the right thing to do. Sometimes documenting nature is enough.
We’ve all met other photographers when we’ve been out shooting. And, we’ve all shared our experiences about images we captured or missed, and all of the things that could have made our photographs better. Sometimes we fail to celebrate what we did see, and what we were able to capture with our cameras.
It’s true that many times the light could have been better. Our images could have been sharper. Or, if we were using gear that was more suited to a specific situation, our results could have been technically better. At the end of the day none of that matters.
All that matters is that we were there with our camera, and we captured a treasure that nature provided to us. Documenting these fleeting moments creates memories that will live as long as our images survive. Whether other people like them or not is a moot point. Whenever we look at our photographs we are transported back in time, able to relive the experiences of what we witnessed, and what we were able to document with our cameras.
What follows is a series of 38 consecutive images of one egret being chased in mid-air by another. The photographs were taken before 7 AM, a time of day when larger sensor cameras excel and my Nikon 1 gear is noticeably pushed to its limits.
As you click, or scroll through the images, you will witness one of nature’s beautifully choreographed mid-air dances.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
If your camera has been collecting a bit of dust lately, I encourage you to pick it up and go out into nature for a little while. There may be a memory waiting for you to capture.
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear at a frame rate of 60 frames per second as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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