Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Grand Opportunity Nearly Lost to High Dew Point~

Week before last, during some of the highest temperature days we have had this summer, the dew point was at it's highest one morning and life became unbearable for my camera and myself. I had no idea what was happening, as I had never had this happen before. Upon arriving at a local mall, I saw two Cooper's Hawks being chased by large Crows. There was another gentleman already taking photographs of the pair and then I came along to do the same. I could not see through by viewfinder, I could not keep my lens dry. There was moisture all over the camera and it was simply a daunting situation, trying to get any descent images at all. Never have I had such a grand opportunity for photographing Cooper's Hawks either. They did not seem a bit bothered by our presence and of all of the days to have this atmospheric condition thingy so very bad...I did the best that I could in editing these few images that out of the lot, were the only ones, plausible enough for sharing~
*Note, if it were to have been any consolation, the other gentleman was also having the same problem and found it to be " quite frustrating" , was his exact term~

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  1. Brilliant shots Mary and if you hadn't mentioned the difficulties with condensation it doesn't appear to have spoiled your pictures. A great effort to get such pictures of a shy hawk.

  2. Brilliant post you have given to us all, especially the few in the middle part, superb.

  3. DOn't you hate that fog thing on the lens? Makes me crazy when that happens. I'm always convinced that I would have award-winning photos otherwise.

    These are quite good - I like the hawk standing on the ground.

  4. Very beautiful series of photos of this superb bird !!
    Thank you Mary for you comments on my blog.

  5. Wonderful captures. Really nicely done, in spite of the challenges.


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