I have been told that I like ugly animals. But I don’t think of them as ugly – they are just so, uh, unusual that they’re cute! I found a bird that is even uglier than yesterday’s. His name is Dork the Stork. I always thought storks were elegant white birds, but no, those are egrets, a stork is this:
I would like to thank all of you who commented yesterday to let me know that it isn’t all about perfection. Personality, character and unique moments bring more to an image than mere perfection. Maybe when I have decades of experience behind me I will be able to get both at the same time. That is very difficult to do especially with wildlife – it’s not like you have all evening to get your settings just right.
Sometimes when things happen you just have to click and hope you were already prepared. Often when I on route to a location I will start changing the settings on my camera before I even get there so I am prepared in case something sneaks up on me. If I know it’s going to be wildlife then I know I need the fastest shutter speed I can get so I will set my camera to aperture priority at around f/5.6 and if the light is still a little dim I will set the ISO to 400. That way the camera calculates the shutter speed and will give me as fast a speed as possible given the light conditions.