Month: April 2019

The Pheasant

Even while I took the shot I knew that the pheasant would only be a small blob in the frame. The longest focal length on my short zoom is 55mm, so it is not going to reach far into the distance. But I processed the image anyway, and somehow the little gap in the wood looks nice to my eye. Here’s a crop of the above image showing a close-up of the little guy.

He Fell In

Victoria said someone often fell in, but I’d never seen it happen and I’d been down to the river many times. Some of our group walked on and then I saw the splash. My camera was in my bag. Why was it in my bag? Surely you’ve learned by now that the only way to go out taking photos is to have the camera in your hands. Will you ever learn? He fell in, and within seconds the punt drifted and the pole was on the other side of the river. (You can see the pole sticking out of the river bed in the second photo.) When I saw the splash, I worried about the person who fell in. Then I saw him pull himself back on board easily. He was good at doing that. I wondered how good I would be with my shoes and trousers weighing me down. I’d have much more of a struggle than he had. What had happened? Had he simply lost his balance? Had the pole got stuck in …