Kokoro - Wandering Through a Photographic Life

Backstage Kokoro

A "behind-the-scenes" look at selected images in my Kokoro project —
Content, photographic notes, EXIF data, creative process, miscellaneous commentary, and original digital captures. And now with additional audio comments about selected images!

From Kokoro #095 - The Staccato of Life

There was no way this photograph was going to work. I was pointed in the opposite direction, the camera secured to the top of my tripod, set to make a landscape image that had nothing to do with birds. Suddenly this flock flew toward me and as quickly as I could I took the camera off the tripod, aimed, and fired away. Knowing this was handheld with a long lens, I assumed the chances of success were about zero. I was shocked when I discovered the camera had made a reasonable exposure and had auto-focused perfectly. The "Dutch angle" was not purposeful on my part, but I think actually improves the sense of motion and flight of this group of birds. Sometimes the best tool we have is luck.

Original digital capture (downsized for the web)

1/1250 sec at f / 11, ISO 200, Panasonic DMC-G85, LUMIX G VARIO 45-200/F4.0-5.6II, 100 mm

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