These pictures were taken almost a month ago. Where does the time go? I’m beginning to think I dropped it somewhere.
Anyway, the husband and I were out driving around one fine day and we turned a corner, I shrieked, he pulled over, and I got out and proceeded to take 482 pictures of….trumpeter swans. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a swan in Wisconsin before, and got a little overexcited.
The swans were maybe thirty feet from us, and were not very concerned with our presence. I stood there and took pictures for several minutes when, from across the marsh, I spotted what looked like a small Cessna coming in for a landing.
I love this next picture. The swans are looking right at that crane like WHO THE HELL ARE YOU.
The crane hung out for just a minute or two before heading back out again.
For anyone curious, these were taken with f/7.1, ISO 100 and the shutter speed was 1/320. The f-number could have been a smidge higher; that would have resulted in a larger area being in focus, but I’m just nit-picky. The low ISO number kept the pictures from being grainy, and the fast shutter speed meant I could get a crisp picture of the birds’ movement.
I should also mention that I leave my camera on continuous shooting mode 99% of the time. (It might be called something else on your camera, like burst mode.) If you like to take pictures of wildlife, it’s a lifesaver to shoot several frames in a row instead of taking one single photo at a time. I use a Pentax K-3 and it shoots a little over 8 frames per second, which resulted in about 40 pictures of the crane flying in and flying out. Not all of them were good, but it meant I had a large number to choose from. In single shooting mode, I would have been lucky to get 10 pictures.
The six of you reading this are probably half-asleep now, so I’ll shut up.
See you later!