Samantha was working out in the California Central Valley again so I went again to explore some more. I wouldn’t want to live out there full time but it’s certainly a different type of landscape to photograph than what you find in the Bay Area. There are no obvious landmarks and places to photograph. It’s flat and there are not a lot of trees out there. The smog doesn’t seem a bad up north as it does in the lower part of the San Joaquin Valley in the Bakersfield area so I’ve had fun photographing the area.
While I do like birds, I’m not a birder so I mainly stick with photographing these Pacific Flyway winter migrations like a landscape photographer. It’s fun too because landscape photography can be static oftentimes, but when you add water and birds it can add some excitement to the scene.
One of the technical challenges I had was on the 1st day when it was cold and windy so my camera kept vibrating whenever I used my 400mm lens. I probably would have been better off with an image-stabilized lens and a gimbal head but since I’m not a serious wildlife photographer I can’t really justify the investment in that sort of equipment. If you find yourself only occasionally needing such equipment and are not a trust-fund baby with $5,000 laying around like an ibuprofen tablet then I’d recommend renting from borrowlenses.com.
See more of my California Central Valley photos.