Autumn in the Wetlands
It’s probably not on any government map as an official,”Wetlands,” probably because it’s not very large; maybe 50 to 75 yards wide and a mile or thereabouts long. Whatever, it’s on our farm and it’s home to several families of Beavers, goodness knows how many Canada Geese, Mallards and Wood Ducks, not to mention the Deer, Bears, Foxes and other forest critters who visit daily for a drink of water or to munch on some tasty leaves and berries. We don’t permit any hunting in our wetlands and we leave the perimeter untouched so as to isolate it and make access difficult for humans. I seldom venture there now except in the fall when navigating the vines, thorns and overgrowth has died down to the point where one can gain access without getting hopelessly entangled in the thicket. This past week, I took the plunge, fitted out with hip boots and a very thick, thorn proof jacket. It’s been quite dry here since Hurricane Matthew blasted through dumping well over a foot and half of rain so the slog for photos wasn’t too difficult for these old bones. My photo gear for this little adventure was my trusty Nikon D7100 small sensor camera and a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom. I leave my expensive full frame cameras in the bag when I venture into water either here on the farm or at the ocean front. Why chance it when the D7100 will do the job.
It was well worth the trip. I think the late afternoon shots on a partly cloudy, blue sky day captured both the isolation and the wildness of the area. The shot above was taken from the North side of the Wetlands about 100 yards East of the largest Beaver Pond with the Sigma dialed in at 10mm with a slight crop in post. As is my usual practice when shooting into the sun, I used the manual setting and spot metering, taking my reading in the blue sky to the right away from the sun, locking the exposure ,then recomposing and shooting. The sun star, of course, is inherent at f/22. As for the ISO, suffice to say I usually shoot at several different settings and just pick what I think is best. The winner here , at least to my eye, was ISO 400.
A camera change for me. I’m trading in my Nikon D600 in favor of a refurbished Nikon D750. I bought the D600 new when it came out some years ago, and as you might know, the model was plagued with shutter oil splatter on the sensor requiring constant cleaning of the sensor. Nikon finally agreed to a recall and replaced the shutter free of charge and the camera has given great service ever since. I opted for the D750 because It’s faster, has a tilt screen, 51 focus points, high ISO range, among other improvements. Prior to the D600, every digital camera I have ever bought from Nikon has been a refurbished model and I have never had the first problem. I’ve always heard that unlike Nikon’s random assembly line checks of new models, each of the company’s refurbished models is gone over by by a Nikon Tech and set to factory specs before it is cleared for sale. I’ll let you know how the refurbished D750 measures up in a future post. As always, thanks for the read. See you next time.