We went to the Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California, but the sun did not cooperate. So we walked down to the beach. There, with naught but my 105 f/2.8 micro-nikkor, I made a few photos. Compositionally, these surpass everything I’ve shot with my “birding” lens recently. And zooming with my feet really got me involved in the process.
It’s hard to get head and shoulders above the horizon when the head and shoulders are so far apart.
We did see some butterflies. Go ahead, click to enlarge.
Feeling jubilant, I went a little nuts with the post-processing. But if I learned anything from Congress this year, it’s that rules are for suckers.
I grabbed this with my regular birding rig yesterday (70-200 f/2.8 with TC17eII teleconverter), and I like it just fine, but I shot hundreds of frames to get two or three keepers. Today, having shot with a comparatively short, fixed-focal length lens, I find myself struggling to edit dozens of interesting captures, because I thought more about composition while shooting. Another lesson I have to keep re-learning.
All in all, not a bad end to a rough year. Once again, I might start the new year with some deprivation exercises. You know: One lens, one body, one color…