One day (I confess I can't remember which) I was walking through my favorite area of Central Park on a beautiful summer afternoon and I stopped to take pictures of the rowboat dotted lake. While my eyes danced about looking for interesting rowboat occupants to zoom in on, I spotted a great white egret gracefully gliding by. I tried capturing pictures of it as it flew past the boats and under the bridge but failed miserably in my attempts. What an incredible shot it would have been if I succeeded, but ah such is life, and I went about the day enjoying the scenes that I could capture.
Now sometime later on another equally beautiful summer day, again I was walking through the Bethesda fountain area, again taking pictures, and again I spotted this graceful egret gliding towards the bow bridge. Figuring two times was about all the luck fate was ever going to hand me in one lifetime, I raced towards the shore aimed at the bridge and hoped by some miracle one of the focus points would zero in on my splendid white subject. The reputation for excellent focus tracking bestowed upon my D300 turned out to be well deserved, as one of the focus points it selected along with the bridge was the egret. Still the bird did not come out razor sharp, and later when I was editing this scene the shot was decidedly lacking in overall impact so I never finished editing it.
Fast forward to today as I continue to re-edit all my once completed shots which were lost in their entirety when my friend formatted my hard drive before I had a chance to stop him, and again I came upon this scene. Being that the Bow bridge is my favorite bridge in the whole park, and one of my favorite objects period in the park to capture on film, once more I tried to edit it, but now owning Silver Efex pro I converted it to black and white. Holy cow, what a difference that made!
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