Did I Waste My Afternoon?

My “no bad light” philosophy was put to the test as I ventured into the Ojai Meadows Preserve around noon today. There were areas of cloud-diffused or tree-dappled sunlight that could have made good pictures, but the birds didn’t happen to be where the less-than-awful light was. I didn’t get any keepers, but I don’t think…

Year of the Tripod?

I’ve never been comfortable working with tripods, despite my conviction that a solid platform improves the technical and compositional quality of images at pretty much any shutter speed. For birds in flight, tripods limit my range of motion, even with a gimbal head. But the image above, shot on the last day of 2016, reminds me why…