Monthly Foul-up Friday


Blue Heron

Perfect doesn’t happen ALL the time, and that’s OK

This is a monthly segment where I showcase the photograph I had high hopes of creating but didn’t quite follow through. I’ll discuss the shooting scene, where I went wrong, what I could have done differently, and my lesson learned.

The Scene:

I was out fishing (of course) on an overcast day when I spotted a Blue Haron across the lake on the outter bank eating small fish. I was so excited that I caught him at dinner time because that gave me time to attach my bird lens and run to the edge of the boat dock to capture the photo.

Where I went wrong

I wanted to be greedy and add an 2x extender to the camera; a cheap one. Once I added the extender the electronic connections that control the functionality of the lens no longer worked. I thought it would since the extender worked on my other lenses. I was now stuck in manual mode with a big lens, low light, no image stabilization , and no tripod. That is a recipe for an undesirable photo.

I continued under false hopes of catching the bird in flight and capturing an amazing photo. A few minutes after watching the bird eat and rest, it took off into full flight and I attempted to take photos under the conditions I stated above. Well, as you can see from the photo- I failed the mission.

What could I could have done differently ?

  • Bring and use a tripod  or
  • recognize that these were not the right conditions and just enjoy the sight of the Heron and continue fishing

That’s it.

What I learned

I’ve always known that there are just some situations where the elements are beyond your control. Sometimes you just CAN’T make the photo. There was something inside of me that said “I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!”.  I must learn to control that urge and save myself the  frustration- that is a work in progress.

Hope I could share some insight into my adventures as the backyard photographer, including my foul-ups.

” I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”

-Michael J. Fox

 Happy Friday! New post tomorrow! ūüôā




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