Spring is here. The Sun has shown its face yet the rains continue. Flowers are starting to bloom and the heart aches to get outside. It is a challenging time. I won’t take my equipment out in the rain but the sun breaks call to me. How to decide when to go out becomes my biggest question.
Two years ago I went out for a morning and ran into a Black Phoebe. I was getting in a little closer than I had previously managed and had hope for a good image. As I shot the clouds rolled in and rain started falling. Though I was only 10 minutes from the pickup, by the time I got back I was pretty well drenched. The end result was having to send my 100-400mm zoom in to Canon for repairs; water damage. That outing had a $300 price tag.
The experience has made me a bit gun shy when it comes to weather. But, one has to get out if one is to make photos.
Monday I woke to find the sun shining. Looking South I could see a large bank of clouds rolling in. The prediction was for scattered showers with Sun breaks. I hesitated and then gathered my gear and headed to the beach in search of Snowy Plover and Sanderling. It turned out that the showers didn’t actually occur until late in the afternoon. I was able to spend a couple hours with wonderful weather.
The light was challenging as it changed from clouds to sun to clouds to sun. I left the white balance set to auto. I will often do this since I can change the white balance on the computer anyway. The only reason it makes any difference what it is set on in camera is so I get a good preview.
Often times I find the debris or bric-a-brac along the beach to be distracting. In this image, however, I like the feel it gives. One does learn to accept a certain amount of such material as this is home to the Snowy Plover.
Sanderling, on the other hand, tend to be near the waters edge where the beach has been washed clean. It is an area of pristine sand. I thoroughly enjoy photographing them though they rarely hold still for more than a moment.
In the end, it was a very good day. I am glad I took the chance and went out.