This past Friday (March 10) was the big trip to Magee Marsh. The
forecast was calling for 90% rain in Cleveland and Magee Marsh.
Not good. I ran into some sprinkles at 6am while on my way to
the meetup. Really not good.
Then, everything cleared! Actually, it cleared to much. With
the sun being out and the group arriving late in the morning,
about 10am, the light was a little harsh.
Magee Marsh was crowded! The entire parking lot was almost filled.
But the actual walk on the boardwalk wasn't that bad. I'd run into
a crowd every now and then to get a look at a special warbler,
but that's it.
The number of Warblers was decent, but the photography wasn't. Most
of the birds stayed further back in the woods. I still could've
snapped off a few, but they wouldn't have been up to my standards.
I always find it amazing on the photographers out there, with tens
of thousands of equipment and they're photographing a bird covered
by branches and horrible backgrounds.
I also got a chuckle when another photographer made a comment to me
that the only way to get a good bird photograph is by having at least
$20,000 in photography equipment.
That's why my images are published and my presentations in demand and
they're not. I understand that it's the photographer, not the equipment.
If you have $20,000 worth of equipment but still photograph into
the sun or don't even know how to read a histogram, you're just embarassing
I came away with a few nice images which is pretty much all I was
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