Castalia, OH

August 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I'm originally from Fremont, OH. When I was a kid there were two places
I'd visit to feed the ducks...Castalia and Green Springs.

 

Castalia is kind of unique cause the pond never freezes. So there's a great
chance in seeing ducks year round.

 

I haven't been back to Castalia for some 30 or 40 years. I only remembered
it cause of a guide a photographer friend of mine wrote mentioned it.

 

So I decided to stop by on my way for a visit this past Saturday.

 

I couldn't have asked for better conditions. The sun was at my back and
there were ducks and swans everywhere.

 

The best part of the visit were the backgrounds. If you've followed my bird
photography, you know the background is the most important feature for me,
well, a sharp picture also helps.

 

Because of the surround trees, blue skies, etc. I was able to capture my
waterfowl with a few different colored backgrounds.

 

In this first example the water was reflecting off the blue sky...

This next one, this part of the pond was catching the sun as it started to rise in the morning...

Finally, the reflection of the green from the trees hitting the pond...

The thing to remember is, you really have to LOOK for these colors. If you just stand in one spot, you're going to
miss these opportunities. You have to change your angles and see how the pond changes. For me, I saw the
colors above.
 


Also, these areas of color are more like strips of color. You have to have the patience to wait for your subject to
hit that strip and when it does, snap away.

 

One other bit of advice...pay attention to your subject! There were two swans at the pond. The swan I followed
the most was the one with the open mouth. Why? He was the more jittery of the two. The swan with the green
background was just happy to float along, but the other one...he was bobbing his neck every which way, making
noises at anything that came near. By following him I got the most intriguing captures.

 

Equipment...As usual I used my Canon 1D Mark IV with Canon 600 I F4 lens. I also brought my 24-105...and
boy am I glad that I did. The 600 was actually more lens than I needed. Something in the 400-500 range would've
been a lot easier. The ducks got so close I ended up switching between my 600 and 24-105 a few times....usually
due to this one duck who was actually fascinated by the sound of my shutter. He would constantly run up to where
I was.

 

The 600 was mounted to my Wimberley V1 Head, which was mounted to the Induro CT-304 tripod.

 

BTW, I've had the Induro since April, which is when I bought it after reading Denise Ippolito's review. I can honestly
say I haven't missed my Gitzo one bit. This is one great tripod. Of course, they stopped production on them :).


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