We were quietly minding our own business one morning when I thought I saw something dark flash by outside. Peeking out the door to our back deck confirmed that, indeed, I had seen black wings. The surprise was that a black vulture was paying a visit. But wait there were two.
I rushed upstairs to grab my camera. It had the wrong lens mounted, quickly I changed to the telephoto zoom. The vultures were still there when I got back to the door. I started snapping. As they hopped from the deck to the ground I took the break to look at the camera settings. Aperture priority was set to a small stop – I had been doing flower close-ups. Oops, indeed the camera has picked appropriate shutter speeds of 1/8 to 1/15 second. And, yes, the photos were blurred and useless. There must a be moral there someplace.
Oh, yes, that moral: Be prepared! Before you put your camera away, mount the lens most appropriate for grabbing a quick photo. Set the controls to AUTO or the equivalent most versatile setting. It will make the chance of success of a quick-grab photo so much better.
© 2012 Ludwig Keck