David Alaniz Photography

Natures turn…….

Thuh Checklist

Weather forecast:  sunny and clear.  That’s what I had been wanting to get some special captures.  Temperature was to be Cold, low 30’s.  No problem, thermals – check, heavy footwear – check, T-shirt – check, long sleeves – check, long heavy hunting jacket with many pockets (:-)) – check, camera – check, lens – check, tripod – check, batteries and extras charged – check, memory card in camera and extras ready – check, yearly pass for High Island – check, water – check, snack – check, skeeter spray – check, flashlight – check.  List complete.  At least it seemed complete.

I arrived about an hour before sunrise.  Once I got everything together I started out on the trail.  It was so dark on the trail under the trees, I couldn’t see.  No problem.  Pulled out my flashlight to give me an idea of direction.  Good thing it was on my checklist because I couldn’t see anything much less where to step.  Funny how you start seeing things that aren’t there.  Finally got to my spot and set up ready to go.  Did I say it was cold?  My thoughts, “David, we have a problem.”  No Gloves!  It didn’t take long for my fingers to start going numb.  It’s a beautiful sunrise and my fingers are frozen.  I remembered a few people mentioning I was full of hot air.  So why not, I thought as I blew into my hand and fingers.  Well, obviously those people didn’t know what they were talking about because it didn’t work.

I dealt with my frozen fingers the best that I could and still managed to capture several keepers.  It was a good morning.  When is the last time you enjoyed a sunrise?

Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4.0, 1/800, ISO 640


8 responses to “Thuh Checklist

  1. Mary Strong-Spaid March 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    The light filtering though the wings….beautiful.

  2. dda53 March 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you Mary. I appreciate your comment. The sun is just off to the right as it rises. I makes for some beautiful light for a very short period of time.

  3. Doug Haass March 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Nice job David. Light is sweet coming through the upraised wings. Also, been there, done that. Only mine wasn’t gloves, it was my tripod…and I was in low light hand-holding a 500mm with 1.4x extender on it.

  4. lylekrahn March 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Great photo – check.

  5. masterbias March 30, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Keeper indeed. Thanks for suffering on behalf of the rest of us. (to bring us this image)

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