From my last post you heard about the unseasonable heavy rains we’ve been having in Maryland and the resulting over flowing waterfalls and streams in the area.
Earlier in the week I had made plans to head to Great Falls in hopes of locating a Great blue heron rookery that I’ve heard about. They’ve been known to nest on an island between Maryland and Virginia just north of the falls and June is when the babies start to fledge increasing the numbers of herons seen along the river. The idea was to work on slow exposures of fishing blue herons while they stand motionless along the water’s edge.
Little did I think, nor realize that all of the rain that had fallen the previous Sunday was just now starting to go gang-busters on the river. By circumstance I arrived the morning of when the flooding peaked at over 12 feet. As a raging river, no sign of the rocks below was seen. Huge waves that hit them splashed high in the sky with its devastating blows.
I was so excited about the event that I quickly set up for slow exposures in the early light. Needing to use only my Singh-Ray Lighter Brighter Color Combo Polarizer filter I had great fun capturing both wide perspectives with the 24-105mm lens and then tighter abstracts with the 100-400mm lens.
I even took the time to pull out the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Super Wide Angle Lens which is currently on sale at B&H Photo. It’s a super sharp lens and amazingly affordable. Although Manual focus, the clarity is fantastic and is my go-to lens for astrophotography.
The one thing I’m missing is the capability to add a filter to it to slow down exposures. After some research, I’ve discovered that Australian company NiSi has a filter adapter for this lens. I haven’t added it to my kit yet but it’s certainly on my wish list.
It was truly a beautiful morning at the falls, and yes I did see some herons but they were flying around wondering just what the heck happened to their peaceful shorelines.