It’s three months too early to go to the wetlands in northwest Ohio, but really, did you see the weather we had today?
We live on one of the seven major migration routes but the birds only do the migration thing in May and September. Meanwhile, most (but not all) of the moving subjects to practice shooting on are just sea gulls.
After 473 assorted pictures today, I knew even before becoming lost and eventually getting home I got mostly nothing. Sure, I got leftover ice formations, eagles behind great masses of branches, waterfront seascapes with no subject at all…totally normal stuff on an outing in February… but all along the afternoon there were the gulls.
Gulls were at Maumee Bay, Ottawa, Crane Creek and Metzger’s Marsh as well. Most of them were obscured by their own masses, great distances, or distracting man-made constructions.
Even so, I got one. I’m looking for simplicity. No clutter, no jumble, no distractions. I look for the simple images outside just as you might while outside or in your own studio, but it’s trickier outside.
Simplicity rules, and almost always makes for the best photo. I say watch for the simple.
Your pictures with the least material may well be some of your best.