Fall Reflections

Photographers need to be persistent, and a little bit lucky too. This was certainly the case for me today. The morning started with a trip to Jones Beach to look for migratory birds. I didn't see any. Next I figured I'd go to a different part of the beach and look for the "Sanderling" birds. However, once I reached the gate entrance I noticed that they were charging admission. I can't remember the last time they were charging a fee this late in October. So I tell the booth guy that I'm just turning around, and head to the fishing piers only to find the same thing....$8! There's no way I'm paying it, so I leave Jones Beach. Now I'm a bit disappointed since the sun had already risen and it seemed the "magic hour" had already passed. Yet, instead of calling it a day, I decided to stop at a local lake on the way home. I'm glad I did. Not only were the leaves very beautiful, but they were quite fragrant as well. This was likely intensified by the rains from last night. I also saw a good amount of birds including Coots, Mallards, Swans, a Great Blue Heron, Downy Woodpecker, and a Red Tailed Hawk. This is where the luck comes in. As I'm walking around the lake I find a little opening where I had a clear view of a colorful part of the lake. The sun was in an ideal part of the sky, and it enhanced the effect of the reflection. At the same time, a gentle breeze came through, creating delicate ripples on the lake's surface. I used a slow shutter speed to better capture the motion, and a super telephoto lens to isolate a small portion of the area. Camera settings: 400mm, f22, 1/12, ISO 400, tripod.