I ignored good advice from others, and from myself. I know dang well that I shoot better when I carry less gear on vacation.
To be fair, though, this vacation was to offer a rare opportunity (for me) to visit a Great Blue Heron rookery in a stand of old-growth pines. How could I NOT bring the D610, 70-200 f/2.8, and 1.7x teleconverter?
As it turned out, the day of our visit to Cathedral Pines was murky (rainy/humid/grey), the herons were very far away, and when they were visible at all, they were only visible behind masses of tree limbs.
As close as I got to a heron photo at the rookery. That said, the experience itself was magnificent.
A nest, about 80 feet above me…
Other than the long zoom and teleconverter, I brought a 24mm f/2.8, and did much of my shooting with that.
Brad and Alicia; the real reason we were in Wisconsin.
Now I have to admit that if I were traveling by myself, I would have spent many long hours at the rookery, getting eaten by mosquitos, until I got some dramatic images of adult Herons and/or chicks. But this was a vacation, not an assignment, and I wasn’t by myself. I was with three other people getting eaten by mosquitos. Not the right time to be saying, “just 1,000 more frames, and then we can get lunch…”
We had a wonderful time with our friends, and I got a couple of photos while out and about.
A cabin in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, built in 1828.
And then, on our last night, the best photographic opportunity of all: Brad and Alicia needed a headshot of their daughter Hope. I’ve rarely used the new D610 with the 70-200 sans teleconverter, and I like the results very much.
So, the moral of the story is that I talk to myself but I don’t listen. I should vacation with the camera I bought for vacationing: the FujiFilm X100s, and plan photo trips as solitary photo trips. Seems like the best way to enjoy each type of trip. That said:
…we were with people we love, having a great time, and it wasn’t about photography.