Long time no see! It’s been too long since I’ve added any images to the blog. I know, I know… Sorry for not keeping this place updated as often as I should. It’s been a busy past few months and I’ve honestly not really felt like touching my camera. The more tasked I am with other things, the less creative I feel. When I feel like that, a camera in my hand just feels out of place. During those periods, I may still have an interest in photography but it typically manifests itself in the form of unneeded purchases of camera equipment. “Maybe if I had a different lens/body combo I would feel more like getting out and shooting.” Yeah…
So, here I am back out on an oil rig in Grand Chenier, Louisiana. Being on a protected wildlife preserve is not the worst place to be. There are birds galore but unfortunately all I brought with me was a single lens that’s not nearly long enough to catch decent photos of them. This leaves me to focus more on the details of the landscape. A good exercise I suppose and a self-inflicted one at that. I figured this time out, I would only allow the use a 30mm lens so as to force myself out of the compositional laziness I’ve fallen into using a zoom lens (18-200mm). I have to admit it’s been frustrating and a challenge.
For the past week, I’ve been going out running/walking each evening after I get off work. The weather was perfect! Crystal clear, all the way to the horizon. Beautiful sunsets. Thousands of birds. Rich colors in that last hour of sunlight. Perfect! Except I was too busy sucking wind and sweating to bring a camera with me. Last Sunday I figured an evening of walking would be a good break and I would be able to bring my camera with me. Great idea had it been the day before. Instead, it was cloudy, hazy, shadow-less, colorless, humid, and there was hardly a bird to be found. Not much else to do but look for interesting details in the weeds and long grass along the shorelines. The following three photos were all I could come up with on that short outing. By the time the sun went down I was so weighed down with mosquitos that I still managed to burn some calories before making it back to the rig… and then passed out from blood loss. I don’t care how small they are. Here in this wetland the mosquitos are at the top of the food chain and we are their prey.
These photos were shot using a Sony Nex-7 with a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens. That little lens is darn impressive! Brutally sharp, excellent contrast and color, and virtually no distortion. Money well spent IMO.