Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Patuxent River Morning

One of the aspects that make the place on the Patuxent where I film ideal is the relationship of sunrise and the direction of the river. The sun rises behind the camera, perpendicular to the flow of the river, so there is plenty of light on the subject more often than not — unless a wing shadow gets in the way.

Most mornings, there are other people enjoying the river. Some are simply walking; others are walking their dog(s). The road is part of a popular (and fairly safe) route for bicyclists. One guy drives his Labrador down to the river once in a while just to let it enjoy a swim while fetching sticks.

It is strange. I stand out in the open, mostly on a dock. Boats go by all the time yet hardly anyone will see me standing there. I have taken a lot of photographs of boats in various weather conditions. This one was taken before the sun was up. I like the way the boat and the people kind of jump right out of the dark background.

Two of the Osprey chicks enjoying the freedom to practice flight and change their view any time they want now that they can fly.

Here is a near-perfect example of the sun to subject relationship. This Osprey could not have been any better lit in a studio. I love this shot — even if I do say so myself. I don't say that to brag. It is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time and having the right equipment for the task.

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