This is my last blog post for the Lake Project! Over the last few weeks, I have been very busy and do not have any new pictures to show you (sorry). But, I have been making a lot of progress on the project which I will update you on now.
This week, as I am waiting to learn if the software will be a viable option to use, I have been working hard to increase the size of my catalog. So, on Thursday during my double block, I went down to the lake with the goal of taking photos of any wildflowers and the most prolific trees in the area.
The last time I went to the lake, I learned an important lesson on the necessity of coming prepared whenever you are trying to take pictures of wildlife. Animals generally don’t want you to be anywhere near them, so, if they see you, you generally only have a few moments to capture an image before they are gone.
For this blog post, I am going to reflect on how far I have come with the project in relation to what I wanted to do at the beginning of the semester. In short, I am not quite as far along as I had hoped to come. I do not see this as a bad thing, I just know now how to better manage my expectations and overcome the obstacles I encounter.
In wildlife photography, it is important to get lucky. Unlike doing photo shoots, taking landscapes photos, or working in any sort of controlled environment, wildlife is always on the move. We can do our best to minimize the amount of luck we will need, but in the end, there are still elements of the work that are completely uncontrollable. In this blog post, I will dive deeper into what that means.
I was walking around the lake with Raymond this past week and at every spot we could get close to the water we would walk down to look for frogs. While scouring the water for movement, he spotted a tiny, un-moving turtle in the water. He reached in and picked it up, and after two seconds of looking, declared that it was a toy. I asked to see it anyway and while I was examining it up close, a horrible smell of rotten fish hit my nose. It was in fact a dead baby turtle that had just been floating on top of the water.
In my third post, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to what photography gear I am using for the project. I carry a lot with me every time I go down to the lake, and it can be quite heavy, but I think each item is important and I would not want to be caught without a single one of them. Let’s jump right in!