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Best laid plans

As a wildlife and nature photographer sometimes what you plan to do and what you actually end up doing are two very different things. As a wildlife and nature photographer I am very dependant on two things the weather and the wildlife itself. These two factors can be researched, studied, and planned for but I will never be fully in control of them.

When I go out to take photos I generally go with a plan in mind about what I want to photograph and how and where I want to do it. What I planned on doing today was photographing sunrise at the river. I checked to see what the weather was predicted to be around sunrise today. Partly cloudy with very little chance of rain. I liked that forecast. I like to have clouds in my sunrise and sunset photos.

So I planned what I would need to get the photos I wanted. Tripod, check. 18-200mm zoom lens, check. Three different levels of graduated ND filters, check. Filter holder, check.

I checked the location where I wanted to shoot and where the sun should rise in relation to where I’d be. It looked like it would work out good.

When I arrived at my location in the morning I was a little troubled. There were thick clouds and thick fog in the sky. Not even a glint of the sun was getting through. The tripod, 18-200mm lens, and filters never even got unpacked.

I had a backup plan. I brought my 300mm, 1.4 teleconverter, and my 60mm macro lens. I knew there were lots of great blue heron in this area so I would try to photograph them. Unfortunately for me there was very little light. I saw several great blue herons and green herons but they would not move to where I was. When I tried to approach them I was unable to get within range of my lens without them moving off farther away.
Still I persisted. Plan C: macro photography. There were lots of wild flowers growing along the river. So I turned my focus to photographing the flowers and the insects pollinating them. I think I was still able to come away with some keepers despite my plans not working out quite the way I had planned.

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