It was freezing cold. It was snowing. The wind was blowing like crazy. And where was I? Outside doing a photoshoot at Tralee where my sister-in-law trains horses. They actually do a lot of weddings at Tralee because of the stunning landscape surrounding it. We pulled into the driveway yesterday for a visit and I spotted a lone swan sitting on the partially frozen pond. Luckily I had brought my camera with me, so I jumped out of the car and took off down to the pond. I started out with my regular lens but soon switched to my telephoto.
Now, as we all know, when you are using a telephoto lens you need to watch out for camera shake. Of course, I should have been using a tripod, but there just wasn’t time for that. I didn’t know how long the swan would stay around and cooperate. Also, remember how much I hate winter and being cold. I start to shiver as soon as the temperature drops below 70 degrees F. So, there I am trying to brace myself against a tree, but I’m shivering from head to foot and my camera is being buffeted by the wind. It wasn’t long before my fingers started to feel a little numb. At one point I even climbed down snow-covered metal stairs to a floating dock and knelt in the snow to get really close to my new buddy.
I took a ton of pictures but never expected any of them to turn out very well. I figured they would all be blurry considering the nasty conditions I was in. Imagine my surprise when I uploaded them to the computer and found quite a few keepers. They needed some editing because of how dull the day was (and could probably still benefit from some additional touch ups), but I was so pleased with the results that I couldn’t pick just one picture to post today. So, today you get five photos because of my indecisiveness. Hope you like them!