Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monumental Laziness

What House Wrens lack in color they make up for in enthusiasm...not that you can really see that here, but you know what I'm saying. I dig the fine barring on the wings and tail, that's a nice touch. Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, CA.

I still wonder why, after a few years of using SLRs, it takes me so damn long to absorb any information about how to get the best use out of them. My lack of patience is astounding, and my laziness is monumental. When I look at what people like Walter and Mia do...well, it's pretty motivating. I imagine they might have better gear than me, but in the digital age, that's not as big of a factor as it used to be. I guess I just need to get better at stuff.

I've been hella busy lately, mostly with long (work) days on the beach. Sorry for the lack of output, but there are lots of other blogs swirling around the Birdosphere to keep you busy for the time being. Tomorrow my house will be invaded by hoardes of nerds, all of whom will be going on a pelagic trip with me on Saturday. The realistic me knows to only expect the expected birds (an attitude that served me well on my last pelagic), but the optimistic me has been praying to the bird gods night and day for something pants-shittingly rare. More on that soon.

Since TPAD Dan will be showing up as well, you are stuck with two pictures today.

Lark Sparrows are just as bewildered by UFOs as the rest of us. East San Diego County, CA.


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    1. Blogspot striped my link, so head over to the ABA blog to see a timely piece about digital bird photography tips and techniques.

  2. I have to say that one thing I haven't done is exercise the patience that folks who take AMAZING photos employ. Like waiting at a given spot all day for the perfect lighting, a la Ansel Adams (not to mention in a RAINSTORM, waiting for the break). Wayyyy too antsy for that. But I should be able to spend a SMIDGE more time learning, and just buy SOME big ol' lens vs. thinking about it for 3 years. =)

    Think I'll head over to that ABA blog, now....

    (p.s. your tern shots are the AWESOME, and how many nature-y blogs post photos of UFOs AND wildlife in the same frame?!?)

    1. A smidge is better than nothing! Ive practiced with a lot of different ISO and focus point settings the last couple days...I'm not entirely sure how that's all worked out yet.

      Thanks for props on the tern shots. Luckily one can stand next to a tern flock from time to time, and magic happens.

  3. Patience is overrated.

    "I guess I just need to get better at stuff." YES YOU DO.

  4. Thanks for the mention :-)

    I hope that you find something pants-shittingly rare on the pelagic trip and bring back some images of it!

    Regarding photos, patience helps and so does practice, practice and more practice! I spend more time in the field than I do sleeping!