My new camera arrived in late December 2007. Because my naiveté with its functionality meant the date had not even been set correctly, I can’t truthfully say when I first held this splendid piece of magic in my grimy paws, nor can I tell you the actual date these photos were taken (as the EXIF date is incorrect, although it’s only off by 12-24 hours from what I remember).
Nevertheless, I can tell you this: Perhaps taken Christmas Eve or the day before, perhaps taken Christmas Day even, these images represent my new Canon S5 IS’s initial performance at White Rock Lake, its debut as my photographic companion at the urban oasis I love.
So welcome to the first walk, to be presented in parts since there’s lots to see.
Two American white pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
and a double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
perched on a submerged branch and preening in morning sunlight.
Taken immediately after the previous photo, I zoomed out to give some
perspective on where I stood when I snapped that picture. This is
facing west from Sunset Bay. You can see my shadow in the lower-
right corner of the image, and the pelicans and cormorant can be seen
just right of center.
A pair of juvenile ring-billed gulls (Larus delawarensis) standing on a
submerged tree stump, sometimes preening, sometimes looking around
as though trying to determine what to do with their morning.
The confluence in Sunset Bay crowded with teeming waterfowl, from
an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) to American coots
(Fulica americana) to brown and white Chinese geese (a.k.a. swan
geese; Anser cygnoides).
A covert of American coots (Fulica americana) milling about in the shallows
near shore, some eating, some preening, some wandering aimlessly.
A veritable flotilla of ducks swimming upstream from the lake, including
two male, one female, and one unidentified pekin ducks (a.k.a. domestic
ducks, white pekin ducks, or Long Island ducks; Anas domesticus), a male
mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), two male Indian runners (Anas platyrhynchos),
and a male crested Indian runner (Anas platyrhynchos).
That’s it for now, but there’s more to come in future installments.
Allow me to finish with this:
It took me years to realize my Canon PowerShot S50 had a macro setting, let alone what that could do for me. It took me years to develop any level of proficiency with that piece of equipment, my first digital camera. It took me years to feel comfortable with it, to feel confident with changing the settings to fit the conditions. It took me years to start taking respectable images.
My sincere hope now is that it won’t take me years with the S5 IS. I love photography. Something about capturing the moment as I see it means a great deal to me, whether the pictures are just for me or for public consumption. My newest camera, although certainly not a professional piece of equipment, offers tremendous power and advantage when compared to its predecessor. I’m trying to learn its ins and outs as quickly as possible. Considering these photos were taken the first day I had it, I hope I’m making more rapid progress than I did before.