Sometimes When It’s Supposed to Suck, It Doesn’t… « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Sometimes When It's Supposed to Suck, It Doesn't...

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We met our San Diego IPT group last night at the introductory Meet and Greet. It looks as if it will be a great group. And best of all, the weather is improving. We meet the group at 6am for our first crack at the pelicans.


This image was created at La Jolla, CA with the Induro GIT 304L tripod/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM lens with the Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR . ISO 800. Evaluative metering +1 stop as framed: 1/160 sec. at f/5.6. AWB. On-camera fill flash at -3 stops with the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Center AF point/AI Servo Expand/Rear Focus AF on the top knot and re-compose. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial.

Brown Pelican, Pacific race in breeding plumage, back of neck abstract

Sometimes When It is Supposed to Suck, It Doesn’t…

Weather forecast for San Diego, 7am, Thursday January 7, 2015: 80% chance of torrential downpours with high winds.

What to do? Head to the cliffs of course. It had poured twice between 4 and 6am when I left the hotel. To get to my rental car, I had to wade through an eight-inch deep puddle. It was drizzling when I arrived. I scoped out the situation and found that there were no birds in their usual spot. But there were several hundred roosting nearby. The next thing that I know good friend Patrick Sparkman materialized right behind me. Long story short: we had one of our best-ever mornings at the cliffs. And that included lots of neat flight photography with our 100-400 IIs.

So what are the morals of the story?

  • Pay no attention at all to the weather forecast; you will not make any good images in your hotel room.
  • Bad weather often makes for excellent photography.

I will be sharing many more images from this wonderful morning here with you in future blog posts.


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