Learning to fly
Most photographers have a favourite spot they return to time and again. Being based on the north Cambridgeshire/south Lincolnshire border, I have to work a little harder to find perfect landscape views. So, when the golden hour rolls around, I often hop over to Rutland (the UK's smallest county) to a pretty spot called Normanton Chapel, on the edge of Rutland Water. I should point out, of no good reason, that I drove through Rutland in eight minutes once, as I hammered it back down the A1 from a job up north. Anyway, I think I've made the point that Rutland is small, but it is very pretty and I reckon I've shot at this location at least 30 times now.
However, I wanted to share an image from my latest visit that had a little more magic sprinkled across that RGB sensor. I decided late on to head out with the camera. Traffic was bad and when I arrived, I literally sprinter to the water's edge. An elderly man saw me running, bag on back and tripod in hand and yelled out, 'you better be quick'. He was right, the light was already fading, but I managed to set up my camera and tripod in the same rapid manner as Forest Gump sets up his rifle while chatting to Bubba about shrimp.
I had taken maybe two shots when a black spec appeared in the corner of the sky. Getting larger, I saw it was many black specs and the specs soon turned into flapping wings. A squadron of migrating geese were about to fly overhead and this was an opportunity I couldn't miss. However, the camera was set up for a long exposure. I had to guess at the ISO and shutter speed to make sure I didn't turn the birds into a blurred mess, but still captured detail in the sky and foreground.
I guess every visit to Rutland was paying knowledge into the Experience Bank and that day I made a large withdrawal as the picture world and a once in a lifetime image didn't fly on by.
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