Early evening on the Marsh

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Golden hour on this section of the Marsh was absolutely gorgeous the Sat. I spent here photographing birds. There were some low clouds, and a fine mist of fog was moving in just as the sky was getting a hint of pink. It acted as a diffuser making the golds and yellows POP! I moved to a couple of locations around this area looking for a composition I liked so when I finally saw this one I was in such a rush to compose it before missing this light I made the decision to shoot it with my telephoto lens on. I remember thinking as I looked through the viewfinder to compose it, “Oh! this is nice I can zero in on this part of the marsh rather than getting all in.”  By doing so the ducks have a little more body, and the reeds and willows are nearer, so we can see more texture and detail.  The whole scene is compressed so we feel a closer connection to the pond.

I haven’t used my telephoto to shoot a landscape in many months, and if the light wasn’t changing fast I probably would have switched to my favorite 17-35mm wide angle lens. In retrospect I’m happy that I didn’t take the few seconds to change lenses as it was a good reminder for me that not all landscapes need to be a sweeping vista, or shot with a wide-angle lens.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 70-300mm VR@ 102mm| f10| 1/250 second| ISO 640| Manual Mode| Tripod




Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

6 thoughts on “Early evening on the Marsh”

  1. This older post had the same golden look to it as my farming photo recently, Deborah. The winter’s sky seems so much more dramatic than summer, just the purple dark clouds looming above. . .It may be a “cold front.”

    1. You shot your image in the Golden Hour I suspect. It and the Blue Hour are the best times to photograph most anything. That light lends a magical element to the images.

      I don’t recall it raining, but it was threatening to! 🙂

      Thank you so much for finding this old image. I love this pond. I shoot here every year in the Winter.

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