I was planning on shooting this morning after sending the kids off to school but then last night remembered that I had my monthly 1/2hr patient at 9:30. So I went on down to F-V for that. Naturally my camera was with me. As I got back in the car I thought to myself, Hmmm, what parks are near here? I need a new place to shoot. I punched parks into my GPS and it came up with Crowder Park 4.4 miles away. If I'd thought about it beforehand, I would have grabbed my 70-300 but all I had was my 24-70 so that's what I shot with.
I drove all the way to the back of the park and walked around the pond. Some may try to call it a lake but there's no way I could ever consider it that. Anyway, I walked around the pond and noticed the turtles. They seemed like as good a subject as any and as it turned out, they were the only subject unless I went rogue and started shooting people out walking their dogs which can be a bit awkward.
The light wasn't terrible but by 10:00 it was getting a bit harsh so the results aren't spectacular. The murky water didn't help things either. I was shooting in manual mode but the glare off the top of the water was killing me. I think I'll need a polarizing filter if I try to do this again. I did finally remember to get the ISO back down to 100 though. I had to pretty severely crop everything since I only had 70mm and play with the light in post to help define the turtles.
There are signs up all over the place requesting that no one feed the wildlife. I don't think many people follow that instruction however. These guys followed me around like I was the pied piper! If I didn't know better I'd say this guy in particular was mugging for me!
Here are the rest of the semi decent shots from today. I think it's amazing how much prettier painted turtles are than mud turtles.
The girls wanted me to shoot the 2 of them climbing on each other and they were getting along so well I decided it was a good opportunity to practice bouncing my flash. There's still a pretty pronounced shadow behind them when I shot vertical. Don't know exactly how to fix that. I have it angled up at 45 degrees. Perhaps if I angle it more toward the ceiling? I guess flash photography is yet another realm I need to read up on and master. It never ends.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun