The Ducks Vs The Photographer

The Ducks Vs The Photographer

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Sometimes when I go out to photograph one subject, I find that that subject isn’t the most interesting thing to photograph.  There’s something else there that’s much more interesting!

Back in December before Christmas I went to the Lincoln Memorial before the sunrise to take pictures.  I was hoping that it’d be a good sunrise, and that’s the only thing you can do when you go out early to take pictures at sunrise is hope!  It’s really unpredictable what it’s going to be like.  At first I went over to the Vietnam Memorial to take some pictures and on the way back to the Lincoln Memorial I stopped at the reflecting pool.  There was already a photographer setup to take some photographs across the reflecting pool at the Washington Monument.  But what I noticed were two small ducks in the pool.  They were happily swimming around the water off to the side.  All the while the photographer was setting up his tripod and getting his camera settings correct.  And then I saw it, the ducks moving across the pool to the center and I knew I had to setup quickly to get the shot!  The ducks kept swimming across the reflection of the Washington Monument causing ripples in the water.  Every ripple made the photographer stop what he was doing and wait for the water to settle down!

The challenge was set, the photographer only had a limited amount of time to get his photo before the sun came up and the colors in the sky disappeared until the following morning.  The ducks, they had all the time in the world.  Who would win, would he get his shot of the Washington Monument perfectly reflected in the water?  or would it be lost forever in time?

I’m sad to say, the photographer didn’t get his shot.  But, all was not lost.  The photographer decided that the best course of action for himself was to change the subject he was shooting from the reflection of the Washington Monument in the reflecting pool, to the ducks swimming around:

Ducks 1 - Photographer 0

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Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head


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