Cleaning up… we all do it, even the critters and after shooting the ponds and the wetlands this morning we back tracked and hit the Hatchery and shot trout and ducks in the main pond.
There were a number of mallards that were busy thrashing the water and sending sprays of water everywhere as they cleaned themselves up. It was a fun day. I truly like this guy …
Tried the 5D MK IV with the 100-400 lens on it for shooting wildlife this morning and had very mixed results; for shots like this where there is very little motion it does very well, but for the inflight shots it just didn’t do very well and I ended up deleting all of the shots. I’ll try it again because the possibility of getting shots with 30.2 MP is tempting when compared to the 18.1 MP in the 1D-X. What the 1D-x has a very significant advantage is a separate digic processor dedicated solely to auto focus. Also the pixels are the largest in any full frame sensor which makes for very low noise even at high ISO settings. Still I love the 5D MK IV and it will be with me for a long time because there are so many other situations it performs well in. The 1D-X remains body of choice for wildlife shooting.
I’m spending time nearly every day cutting gems and designing new pieces and finding it a great way to spend a few hours. Monday I’ll attach a photo of something I finish over the weekend … maybe an opal log that I have been working on for years. I’ve decided it is time to finish this project as it has been ongoing for over thirty years … time for dreaming about what it will look like is over and it is time to see how it looks finished … have a few other gem projects like that.
We’re into the weekend … have fun … share a smile with someone … check it out in a mirror too, something about seeing a smile on your own face that makes everything seem okay. Kinda like listening to Phil Collins for a couple of hours :+)
Back Monday morning … cheers
THE LIGHT OF A CHEERFUL HEART
I tell you that you and I and the commonest person are all journeying the same way,
hemmed in by the same narrow path, leading to the eternal years.
We pride ourselves over our particular superiority; but really there is little difference
And in this journey over the thousand hills and valleys called life; he is wisest who
Is patient where the way is hard, has faith when he does not understand, and carries
Into the dark places the light of a cheerful heart.