This week’s photo, taken June 2, 2017 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW.
If you’ve ever stood on a bluff attempting to photograph a fast-moving swallow, while the tiny jet-shaped bird zips by, swooping and banking and frequently turning, yet never advertising when or in what direction it’s going to turn next, you know how crazy and challenging a task that can be. You, the bird photographer, move like an orchestra conductor, but instead of swaying up and down and twisting side to side while waving a lightweight baton, you lead the symphony with a long lens camera glued to your eyeball.
If it’s swallows you are chasing, flight photography can be quite the physical exercise. Your heart rate increases, you start breathing faster, and the whole experience feels exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Most of your shots of high speed, hard to follow swallows may produce pictures of blurred birds, parts of birds, or sky with no birds in sight. You just hope that if you keep plugging along, you might be rewarded with one decent image – or at least a decent workout.
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