Friday, September 03, 2010
As I pulled into the parking spot, I noticed the silhouette of a big o'l hawk. It's a Redtail. I reached for my camera, and remembered that I had been traveling light. My 300mm lens was still back at home. I wondered how close I could get, and if this bird would tolerate the use of flash. At first, I thought I should skip the attempt, because conditions were not optimal. Then I wondered what I could do with what I had. I meandered slowly, making a slow semi-circle approach, and ended up approximately ten feet away. I would have preferred using a tripod, so that I could dial down the ISO to 800. Yes, and it would have been handy to have the bigger lens, and maybe a snoot for the flash, but I don't think Mr. Hawk would have waited for all that. The final result is cropped 50%. Meanwhile, the band was all assembled in the building, waiting for the sound tech (yours truly) to arrive. Usually, I'm the first one there. Yes, I know that the light and color is less than natural, and we have a noise problem due to the high ISO, but... nothing ventured, nothing gained. We are going into a long weekend. I'll have to switch back to my regular bag... the one that has room for more than one lens.