Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings day.
Yesterday turned out to be a really warm, sunny day. It was lovely but it isn’t ideal for photography. By 11 AM the light was really harsh as well as it was getting a tad too warm for me so it was time to give up. I had saved up some bread crusts so I headed down to feed the ducks as you do. I am getting rather well known down there and people tell me where to go for the good photos. By studying the behaviour of the ducks I can see when they will stretch their wings for a more interesting photo than a duck just swimming around. But then again the reflections are interesting as well.
There are a lot of ducklings at the moment so there is always something new to see. As I approached the duck pond I found this mother duck with all her many children asleep in the grass. They really didn’t move when I came up to them.
It is interesting as well to see how protective the mother is of her children. She is constantly quacking in a softer tone to reassure them and to warn them of danger.
The duck on the right is always at the same spot and I love the rich colours of it’s feathers.
Because it was so bright and sunny and there was no wind the reflections were just amazing but it is a challenge to capture what I saw on camera. I have a polorising filter which I turn around to get the maximum affect of these reflections.
I love the way the ripples can distort the branches and so the images are never the same.
Later on though, the light starting bleaching out the highlights. The contrast was just too much so it is time to give up.
What was good about the bright light was the faster shutter speed for these photos. Birds have a tendency to fly off quickly so you do need your wits about you to get them in focus. i must look a sight wondering around with a camera but looking up into trees for anything to take. That is what I mean by standing out and getting well known. But it is a good way to work on my camera skills.
Cheers and have a nice day.