Welcome to the blog for Thomas Parry Photography. My purpose is to inform the public about photographic projects I have recently completed as well as those in progress and planned for the future. I will periodically post articles about different aspects of photographing nature, people and places. As I work with new hardware and software tools, I will pass along lessons learned that may aid other photographers. I will periodically write reviews about photographic equipment with which I have experience and books I read that may be helpful to others. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and return frequently. I invite your thoughts, good ideas, opinions and feedback.
| 08 December, 2013 13:56
I’ve learned over the years doing wildlife and bird photography that patience is a virtue. Photographers have no control over the subject and must often wait quite awhile for the subject to be in the right position. They must also contend with getting the right light for the conditions in which they find themselves. More often than not neither the subject’s position nor the light source is ideal. Truth be told, much of good wildlife and bird photography happens as a result of being in the right place at the right time; just dumb luck!
Fortunately, for those who persevere in their efforts to get the perfect shot, every now and then seemingly out of nowhere, dumb luck prevails and nature serves up the perfect combination of angle and light to produce a breathtaking, impactful shot. Nature did this for me last Monday, January 16 while sailing on Monterey Bay and observing grey whales. Out of nowhere, five Brown Pelicans in perfect formation swooped down over the water and rapidly headed toward our boat. Acting quickly, I tracked them at 200mm with a very high shutter speed to freeze the birds’ motion and peeled off several frames in rapid succession. The result is this beautiful shot of the pelicans heading in perfect formation low over the water toward the boat. The angle was right and the light was perfect! I was lucky!