"Patience is the art of hoping." Luc de Clapiers
There are times when I am out photographing that I have to force myself to be patient. About a month ago, I was coming back from my morning kayak and getting close to the location where I get out of the water, when I spotted this Snowy Egret. I hadn’t spent much time being close to a Snowy in a while, so I diverted my direction and headed towards the bird. At first the bird was not in very good light, I almost left the area, but I saw it was heading to a more interesting spot, so I decided to sit and wait. As usual, whenever I am sitting and watching animals, I engage them in conversation. I was telling the egret how beautiful it was and asking it to meander a bit to my left so it could get in better light.
After a moment the egret moved to this location where I got to watch it try and catch some prey.
All three images 1/500 sec; f/7.1; ISO 1250; 400mm
Next it moved from that average lighting situation to this high key lighting situation.
1/500 sec; f/7.1; ISO 800; 428mm
The area with that light was not very big, and I thanked the Snowy for moving there since I thought it so nice.
Then it moved out of the high key area and I encouraged it to keep going so it would approach an “edge of light” area, where there was a deep shadow behind. Fortunately for me it obliged and headed that direction. At first it didn’t go to the area of direct sunlight and instead flirted with a nearby region.
1/500; f/9; ISO 800; 309mm
And finally it moved into the direct light and was bathed in a warm swatch of light against the deep shadow.
1/500 sec; f/9; ISO 800; 256mm
Leaving the shadows, the egret ventured out into the sun and once again the light was totally different. It moved very close to my still kayak. I thanked the egret for being so cooperative and allowing me to be so close.
1/500 sec; f9; ISO 800; 200mm
And in the beat of its wings it took off for a new location to forge in and I turned for home. The whole encounter lasted 10 minutes.
It pays to be patient!
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