It’s been a long week. I’m tired and feeling uninspired. On days like this, I really want to do something quick and easy by crossing the street to the park, but how many times can a person shoot in the same park? I’m not in the mood to go macro. It’s late enough that the light is getting really nice and I hate to not shoot landscape.
As I’m deciding what to do, an email with a blog post that’s a collection of images of reflections. I immediately think of the wetland in the park and feel suddenly inspired.
I put my 16-35mm lens on my camera and take nothing else except my tripod and my loupe. Tisen looks at me hopefully and I realize I won’t be going alone.
I sling my tripod bag over my shoulder, hold my camera up off my neck along with my loupe and then pick up Tisen’s leash in my free hand. Tisen grabs Puppy Love and we head out.
We walk down the street, making many motorists smile (I assume this is because Tisen has a purple stuffed heart in his mouth that says “Puppy Luv” and not because I am wearing five finger shoes, my hair is sticking up weird because it dried while I had my glasses on my head, or because I’m carrying an oddly shaped bag over my shoulder.
We make it across the street and down to the wetland where I set up my tripod very low to the ground.
People are standing on the end of the viewing deck above the wetland and I can hear them talking about me. They are wondering what I’m doing. I do not hear any words like “insane” or “dangerous” and no cops come running up, so I assume they at least realize I’m unarmed (I’ve heard stories about people calling the cops because of a photographer’s tripod making people think they were a crazed gunman).
Tisen is not being the most cooperative photographer’s dog today. He winds himself around the legs of my tripod and lays down right in the middle. I have to untangle the leash and adjust the legs so they’re not in contact with Tisen to avoid him introducing vibration and blur into my photos. I hear the people overhead chuckling.
We have a lovely time working our way around the wetland looking for interesting shots–and trying to keep Tisen out of them. I only got a few of reflections, but at least I found something to capture my interest.
We pass a mourning dove whose been nesting on an abandoned nest from last year. I try to get a shot, but, of course, one of the hazards of leaving the house only with a 16-35mm lens is that when these opportunities present themselves, it’s tough to get a shot worth looking at.
Tisen is worn out from our adventure and quickly makes himself comfortable on the couch when we return home.