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Slackin’ With Herons. March 26, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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OK, so I’m slackin’.

Actually, I’m buried under the job of being unemployed, and trying to get my photography act together so it provides at least a piece of my economic puzzle.

“Job counselors” are telling me that it’s a shitty time to “try to get into” photography, but my heart isn’t having any of that.  Consequently, there’s a fair amount of swimming upstream in my immediate future.  Wish me luck with that.

In the meantime, I spent the last of yesterday’s daylight hours standing veeeeeery still at the edge of a pond in Orange, MA waiting for a heron I’d seen on the drive-by to return to its nest.  The sky was densely overcast, and as sunset approached and the light grew dimmer I booted my ISO ever higher, lamenting the loss of acuity I’d certainly have to deal with in the post-processing.  But such was the price for maintaining a fast enough shutter speed to capture a bird in flight.

Just when it was getting too dark to continue the effort, the heron returned, and I got these shots:

…as well as a big fat tick deeply embedded in my groin.

Ah, the price we pay for our art.

Anyway, if I’m scarce in these parts, it’s because I’m trying, really  I am, to get my foot in the closing door of professional photography.  And being unemployed gives me both the time and the motivation to try hard.

 

 

 

 

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1. soñador del color - March 26, 2012

What a cool set of photographs. Really cool. That you not only catch the heron, but also its amazing nest. You are really good at this.

My oversimplified suggestion would be to contact Nature Conservancy. I have all the solutions. I wish it was so easy.

Keep an eye on the tickbite.

2. Robyn - March 26, 2012

I have no clue about how to break into professional photography, but I love your work.
And I’m happy to repeat that as often as you need or want to hear that.

3. littlebangtheory - March 27, 2012

sdc, Welcome, and thanks for the kind words. My work is, I hope, moving in the right direction – less hit-or-miss, more getting what I go out for.

And yes, I’ll keep an eye on that bite. It’s uncomfortable enough so I won’t forget it!

Robyn, thanks. There are a lot of leads to pursue, so I’ll be a busy boy for the foreseeable future. 🙂

4. lisahgolden - March 27, 2012

I’m wishing you all the luck in the world. Paired with you talent, you should find a way.

The heron photos are amazing.

5. littlebangtheory - March 27, 2012

Well thank you on both fronts, Lisa. I’m going to give my best effort!

6. Spinny Liberal - March 28, 2012

The tick was a little price to pay for those amazing shots. Beautiful.

7. susancrow - March 28, 2012

When I scrolled down to these shots I was so amazed I had to carry my computer into the bedroom to show my husband. He’s as impressed as me.

I really do wish you well in your quest to sell your work. You’re one of the most skilled photographers I know of.


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