Friday, May 8, 2015
Hike 2015.033 -- Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, CA
I liked both because this one shows more color surrounding the bird, while the other crops help produce a bird with sufficient body size to be interesting.
Takes some patience and strategy to do this shooting. Some of that is due to the birds, while some is due to my fellow humans. Because, what I think I've discovered is, humans have a desire to see something special.
Well, the non-paranoid take would be that they see the same sight I see and are trying to catch the same picture.
Once I saw what he was trying to do, I stepped off on one of the side paths, which probably made things better for both of us.
I didn't have a enough, fast enough, sharp enough lens to shoot from where he was, but I did find that if I stood on my side-path rather than the main path, people for the most part passed out of the line of shooting a lot faster. On the main path, they could see you were trying for something from a distance and spent a lot of time watching as they walked, trying to get your picture. But if you're on the side, they often don't even notice you. Or, if they do, they assume (correctly, it turns out) that you're trying something too specialized for them to bother trying to emulate your shot.
Well, I know from past experience that feigning a lack of interest or a focus on something to the side doesn't always work, but it worked pretty good here.
About three miles of walking on a Saturday afternoon. Enough to count as a hike.