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I still have hundreds of Hong Kong photos from our 6 week visit last winter but I am gradually wading through them, attaching keywords and captions, and posting to my website.
Yesterday I was working on this one, actually one of my favorites as crows and ravens seem to be difficult subjects. They are often hard to light properly, some becoming black blobs, and they are skittish and wise. My Dad used to tell us that when he was shooting crows on a farm in Alberta, Canada, they would jump up and let his .22 bullet pass beneath them.
|Large-billed or Jungle Crow feeding on a Cotton tree blossom.|
Nikon D7000, 200-400mm f4 (effective 600mm), cloudy light, f4, 1/320th sec.
And on a personal note:
For most of us photographers we get two highs - one when we get that money shot or the one we have been planning and anticipating for days or years; and two, when the photo is used and a cheque arrives in the mail.
I had a personal high this week. While in Hong Kong or London our Saturdays were mostly devoted to trekking to the nearby Rugby pitch to watch my grandson excel at his favorite game - rugby. He is a fierce player, and more importantly, a team player.
|A tradition - Richard ties Olly's shoes and carefully tucks the laces.|
Olly says it makes him play better.
For my son and I it is chance to chat, more or less without interruption, and to try out various lenses and cameras and see what we can shoot. It is a great opportunity to practice follow focus and isolation. I now have literally hundreds of rugby shots of the Wasps in London and more from Hong Kong.
On this last visit we followed our pattern. But on my last Saturday the pitch was frozen, it was a practice session with few players showing up and my grandson Olly had a chance to just play with the ball for a bit. I did not have to worry about isolating him. The shots weren't great, but they were fun and I posted a couple to the family, titling them "Kicka da ball".
Then the highlight. This week I got an email from my grandson. He's 12.