Photo quote for today:
"There is no such a thing as artistic photography. In photography, like in all things, there are people who can see and others who cannot even look."-Nadar
Today started off with a bang! A huge thunderstorm came through the area last night dropping copious amounts of rain, and according to the local news over 3,000 lightning strikes in the first hour. I guess this is why this area is known as the lightning capital of the country. I knew from previous experience that it would make for good shooting at the beach, and in my upcoming posts I'll share some of those panoramic images. The icing on this morning's shoot came as I was leaving, my panoramic images were in the camera, I had also spent some time with the gulls as they played in the rain water that flooded parts of the beach, and was heading to the parking lot when I decided to change my exit route. As I walked back to the beach to choose another point of departure, a pair of Roseate Spoonbills landed directly in front of me and made their way to the same area as the gulls that I had just wrapped-up photographing. Never having had an opportunity to capture any images of these birds I set-up and began shooting. They're considered rare, even in this area, and by the time I left they had started to draw a crowd. Here are some samples from today's work.
Morning Drive, Newton, IL
18 hours ago