I had a chance to walk around the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend with a relatively new lens that I was finally getting a chance to use… I had high hopes of getting a nice Marsh Wren portrait, but that didn’t pan out, so I found this less flighty subject… Enjoy!
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Technical: Fujifilm X-T2 with Fujifilm XF100-400 F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens at 235mm, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800 . Processed in Lightroom CC. Provia profile. Minor exposure tweaks (whites +22, blacks -9). Clarity +6; Medium contrast curve. Masked sharpening +88.
Well, I hate to say it, but sometimes Nature has a way of inhibiting its own stewardship… A bunch of dedicated folks work their tails off to bring people to the local rivers and our reward is a cold, soaking rain. Sigh!
On Friday evening the sun was shining on the RiverFest kickoff reception where Lee Steppacher presented the River Stewardship Awards, honoring those who have spent countless hours protecting the rivers and the watersheds that surround them.
On Saturday morning I was out on the Assabet River (along with my son Jay, who was handling the Sudbury River) for the OARS RiverQuest — a scavenger hunt type of events that we have run for families. Those families (sanely) stayed at home while we got drenched setting up the puzzle pieces along the rivers and then retrieving them when nobody showed up. (We did get to eat some of the cookies that were baked for the occasion, so it wasn’t a complete washout…)
However it seemed like a good time to grab a few photographs of Dove Rock.
Sunday morning I ran a workshop on photographing from your canoe/kayak at the Assabet River NWR. It was misting and raining. Combined with the 6am start time I was thrilled that two undeterred participants arrived and we had a nice morning paddle on a mist-shrouded Puffer Pond. I spent most of the time talking and answering questions, but I did manage to find some time to take a few photographs — although my eyeglasses were so heavily coated in mist that it made it difficult to see through the viewfinder. I suspect my lenses were slowly succumbing to the conditions as well.
As always, a bad day on the water beats a good day just about anywhere else…
Technical: All shots were with a Canon 7D. All handheld. Variety of lenses and settings (24-70, 70-200, 500mm). Lightroom 3. Basic exposure and contrast tweaking.