Today’s shot is a bird that puts the ug in ugly. This is a turkey vulture and I have learned is extremely common in the summer. Today when I was leaving my clients office there was 3 in a tree. I stopped for some shots before they took off and then on my way home I saw another 10 – 7 of which by the Hamilton mountain. They are pack birds and rather large. The underside of their wings is white, while rest is black save their bald, red head. Keep your eyes to the sky and I am sure you will spot them.
Generally on this photo project, I keep a positive mind about things and have really enjoyed it to date. As the year has gone on, I have learned a lot about photography, but also about animals – primarily birds. For the goal that I set out of getting myself moving more, I believe it has been a success for the most part.
There is a bone though that has been building with me and that is in regards to the current equipment that I have available to me. I am going to use Jamie as an example, but this bone has nothing to do with him – it just happens that his equipment is better and I can use that as an example. He and I have taken different paths and at different times in our lives. He has gone Nikon which resulted in being able to get a camera with a much higher resolution, and he bought his equipment many years after me. Because of this, I look at the shots I am able to get with a little yearning. Knowing that if I sold a kidney, I could get myself set up with something that could result it higher quality shots. The main zoom lens that I have is an 80-400mm. This was bought when I was in Australia and is an older lens as a result. It was back when Sigma was ok, but not great and although it has a nice range, the sharpness is not 100%, especially at 400mm. Today was a good example of how I have a wish that I had something more like the new lens Jamie has, which is a 150-600mm. The 200mm extra is rather substantial. Today’s picture is a perfect example. This is a crop of the shot that I took, and since I had to crop a good deal, the detail has been lost. If we think about what 200mm is, take a look at the below shots. One is 200mm, the other is 400mm.
Now, I have a lot in my life, and I am grateful and happy for everything that I have. I also know that this is a hobby, not a profession and as such it is not something that I am meant to spend large sums of money on. I do need to learn to accept what I have and focus on shots that work for that equipment- such as landscape. But damn, I love birds.