Thursday, November 12, 2009

A quiet moment

Long & Lean

I enjoy how an image can capture a moment that may have an entirely different feeling than what you perceive as you see it in real time. Here, this dowitcher was actively preening and doing his best to get that overly long bill to properly reach his front feathers. But when the shutter clicks, the scene is transformed into a very solitary moment. To me at least, it gives the feeling of silence and a quiet introspective, as if the dowitcher is taking a moment to relax, close his eyes, and just be.


  1. Hi Pat - love your photos!
    I am researching a documentary film about sea lions and hope to shoot at Point Lobos. Seeing your photos made me think you might be able to help me out. Hoping for some info regarding how long a lens you think might be necessary to get some nice close ups? What lens did you use on your Flicker shots? Sorry to bug you - hope you don't mind sharing. Keep up the good work - Brian McClatchy

  2. This is so incredibly serene Pat, certainly one of the loveliest images I've seen you capture.
    Enjoy your day.

  3. Just excellent Pat, as always. The blog is superb, keep it up!

  4. Love the shot, Pat. Also the explanation. It's an interesting facet of still photography.