As photographers, at times we need to go to extraordinary measures to get the shot that we envision in our heads. Today was one of those days when I had to “step up”…or as nature would have it, lie down…..in wet, soggy Goose crap!! :-O
Let me tell ya’, I dont know what those Geese have been eating, but it was one SMELLY drive home, as my cloths were covered in Goose crap!!
It wasn’t the Geese that I was after. Mixed in with the Geese were several Killdeers; medium-sized Plovers. When on the ground, they can run very fast, and tend to keep a good amount of distance between you and them. I saw the shot in my mind that I wanted to create, and it entailed laying down in crap covered, soaking wet grass to get it. I wanted this shot and didn’t think twice about it. I laid still for about twenty minutes in my bed of poop, allowing a curious Killdeer to incrementally approach me. Just when I thought that it wouldn’t come any closer to me, it did. Spending the time with your subject often times pays off. I left a very happy photographer, and a very smelly and wet one as well. Sometimes we have to just do what it takes to get the shot!
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Canon 1D MkIV
f 7.1, 1/800 sec., ISO 400,