Daily Image - Oct 2013 Archive - sonofjohan
14 Oct 13.  IF I were  better story teller, and IF I had a bit of the Early American blood in me, I might be able to craft a believable story combining the subject for today and my aunt's memorial service. But as I am neither, I will have to just suggest that our ancestors would have had a way of explaining why this beautiful raptor spent a few minutes Sunday morning on a branch in our back yard. Being rather skittish birds, which I find surprising considering their size and strength, I had to shoot this shot through the bedroom glass door and under very low light conditions using a very high ISO so as not to frighten it away, so, in short, it isn't as sharp as I would have preferred. But the critter did make an unusual appearance, spent a few minutes looking around the property, then stared directly at me for perhaps 90 seconds, before departing. This was my best capture of 6 tries, and it is good enough to share, but as I said, not truly sharp. The story that I would tell, if I had the skill, was that the critter is my aunt come to say all is well, and that she is letting us know that she is satisfied with what will be transpiring later in the day. But it would take a better story teller than I to fully pull that one off, so we'll just have to go with my awkward attempt. Perhaps later in the day we'll be blessed with another visit. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/30 sec hand held @ f / 7.1. Hope you enjoy,  dave

14 Oct 13. IF I were better story teller, and IF I had a bit of the Early American blood in me, I might be able to craft a believable story combining the subject for today and my aunt's memorial service. But as I am neither, I will have to just suggest that our ancestors would have had a way of explaining why this beautiful raptor spent a few minutes Sunday morning on a branch in our back yard. Being rather skittish birds, which I find surprising considering their size and strength, I had to shoot this shot through the bedroom glass door and under very low light conditions using a very high ISO so as not to frighten it away, so, in short, it isn't as sharp as I would have preferred. But the critter did make an unusual appearance, spent a few minutes looking around the property, then stared directly at me for perhaps 90 seconds, before departing. This was my best capture of 6 tries, and it is good enough to share, but as I said, not truly sharp. The story that I would tell, if I had the skill, was that the critter is my aunt come to say all is well, and that she is letting us know that she is satisfied with what will be transpiring later in the day. But it would take a better story teller than I to fully pull that one off, so we'll just have to go with my awkward attempt. Perhaps later in the day we'll be blessed with another visit. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 800; 1/30 sec hand held @ f / 7.1. Hope you enjoy, dave

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