Sometimes, impatience can be a virtue too

January 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

NOWHERE TO LANDNOWHERE TO LANDThis image must not be copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed or published without express permission. © Copyright Lee Alexander Brown. As a photographer, being in the right place at the right time is often just as important as choosing the right camera settings. With this in mind, I'll often pre-set my camera in the hope of capturing something unexpected. This shot shows how this combination of being prepared, and being in the right place at the right time, can really pay off.

Armed with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 80-400mm lens, I decided to visit the Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham, a nature reserve widely noted for attracting a variety of birds. I collected a key from the reception and headed straight to the nearby bird hide. Here I waited. Patiently.

After an unsuccessful few hours sitting and waiting in that cold, damp bird hide, I came to the unshakable conclusion that I wasn't going to see much activity that day. Not there anyway. Perhaps it was the wrong time of day, or the wrong time of year, or both. After all, it was December. Patience had gradually eased into mild impatience, so I gathered my things and headed for the lake.

This proved to be extremely timely because, as I followed the footpath round the south east side of the lake, I happened upon five Black-Headed Gulls jostling for position on a solitary tree branch. I couldn't believe my luck. With my camera already set for such a possibility, I quickly fired off a series of shots. Moments later, the gulls were gone.


NOWHERE TO LAND © Lee Alexander Brown
1/1250th sec at f/6.3 ISO 400


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