A fortunate accident
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|Settings: 1/6 sec | f/13 | ISO 200 | 150mm|
If you check out the settings I’ve shown above, you’ll see the longish shutter speed and a small aperture of f/13. The reason for this was because I had been taking scenic shots in which I wanted front to back focus and a small aperture is required for that.
I was ready to go home and on my way back to the car while walking across a river bridge. Suddenly a stranger showed interest in my photography when he saw the camera gear I was carrying, so I stopped and we had a little chat.
It was at that time that I spotted the Little Egret wading in the shallow water of the river, so I tried to sneak up and take a shot but I had totally forgot about my settings. Just as I pressed the shutter, it took off and when I see the result on the back of my camera I got quite exited. Had I thought about my settings prior to shooting, I would have set my aperture to f/2.8 to enable as short a shutter speed as possible, I was going for a sharp shot.
As I said, sometimes you can get lucky and I certainly was. I think I owe that stranger some thanks for saying hello to have a chat. I don’t think I’ve ever been grateful for having messed up settings before, always a first time I guess.
The bird didn’t go far and a look at my meta data revealed I shot the following image exactly 20 seconds later. It seemed longer than that at the time.
I guess the moral of the story is don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but you already know that right?
Before I go, I’ll share the scenic shots I got that morning. (Click on thumbnails for a larger view)
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