These wild turkeys, which I photographed outside my window exactly a month ago, before the snow, are enjoying the land, oblivious to what is to happen to their cousins en masse, in a month’s time:
Taken at 1/3200th sec at 400 ISO at f/1.2 with a 50mm lens.
Huh? Why those values? Would a slightly more closed-down aperture, like f/4, not have been better? And lower ISO perhaps?
Hah. Simply because I was in Aperture priority mode and in a big hurry. I saw these lucky ladies right outside my window and ran to it to grab this shot. No second chances, no time to waste. So you run to the window and:
- Ensure camera is on (which is why I do not turn it off: a light touch of the shutter will wake it up);
- Find the focus point and move it to the right;
- Aim that selected focus point onto the closest animal’s head.
I had no time to change anything, so I shot as I was, which was only just good enough: I would have liked more space on the left.
But I got the shot, which considering the circumstances is not a bad thing.I like to:
- Ensure camera is charged
- Have it turned ON (but timed out)
- Ensure card is empty and formatted
- Set to 400 ISO and Aperture mode
And that is the lesson this Christmas day: be ready so when you need to, you can get the shot. And if you are a turkey, enjoy life while you can. And Merry Christmas!