New Action at K-mart Creek


Last year, as many of you know, I wrote some posts about this drainage ditch in front of an empty K-mart Building near here.  There was usually then a constant flow down the arroyo so there was many water birds that frequented there.  Herons, Sandpipers, Egrets, etc.  But for the last year or so, since this drought got a huge foothold over west Texas, it has been dry as a bone.

Not so, right now.  Since we got about three inches in the area about a week ago there is a little water back in there.  So it was a pleasant surprise when we drove by there, on our way home from picking up breakfast from the Golden Arches, that we spotted a Yellow-crowned Night Heron.  He was back-lit from the morning sun and the light wasn’t perfect, but with a little post-processing I came up with these usable images.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/125 sec. @ f6.3 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance 400mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Aperture priority

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/200 sec. @ f6.3 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 400
  • Lens focal distance 400mm
  • Metering – spot
  • Aperture priority

One thing that I have gotten used to, it to adjust my EV to minus 1/3.  I like to use that as my default, or starting point, rather than no adjustment.  I like the way my tonal qualities are just a tad under exposed, I guess.  I am not saying I am right, but it’s something I prefer to do.  I didn’t used to do that, and I am not really sure when I started doing it.

By the way, the heron was gone later in the afternoon when I drove by there again.   I’ll keep my eyes on it.  Click on either image to see an enlargement.

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4 thoughts on “New Action at K-mart Creek

  1. What you call “usable”, I call GREAT! I have learned so much from you, I have also learned that an EV adjustment of -1/3, it does tend to give better exposure results (unless shooting at night).

    • Thanks so much, Holly. You are too nice. I am glad to have been an influence on your photographic education. And I thank you for sharing your computerese techie info, too. :-)

    • Thanks for commenting, Ted. It’s also amazing how you and I think alike. I was browsing your profile. When I studied photography, my intentions were to just be a good photographer. I didn’t want to work for a magazine, or newspaper, and have to take assignments. I, like you, had no interest in photographing people, i.e. portraits, school photos, etc. I also, like you, knew that was where the money was. So I just settled on doing what I like. I have been lucky to sell my work at art shows, and the like. I have had a few magazines contact me and bought my work, but those are few and far between.

      Actually, I did make my most money just setting up displays at arts and crafts shows. But, now at my age of 76, it started getting to be too much work, physically. I had to take a smaller trailer to the show venue, unload it and set up which usually took about 2 hours to do it properly. Then on Sunday evening, tear it down and re-load the trailer for the trek back home.

      Now, I sell mostly from word of mouth. But, I don’t press it so much anymore. After all, I need to have time to just have fun and take photographs.

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