People watching bats, I guess. As seen, handheld, mounted with a big, old, metal 75-300, 1/200th, ISO2500, f/6.3, through the dirty windshield of a 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser, at 30mph. The D3 is a great camera.
I read a lot about photography. Mostly on the web, comments from other shooters, business-type stuff. And I come across a lot of “we photographers have the hardest, most rewarding job in the world.” Please. Making pictures, even at the most extreme level, isn’t even in top half of the toughest or most rewarding. It may be slightly difficult at times or give the shooter a sense of accomplishment, but real toughness is found elsewhere. (Joe McNally would’ve surely disagreed with me after muling that balance beam through a muddy cornfield.)
And sometimes it’s one of the easiest jobs in the world. I’ve been working on some photos for a van wrap for Meals on Wheels and More, and today, my work was done before I ever released the shutter. That’s Lacey there, a volunteer for MOWAM, who was very kind in giving even more of her time to come down to the studios at Fosforus and stand in for a few shots. Thanks, Lacey. You did all the heavy lifting today.
This is why the Nikon D3 is so badass. The light in the DKR Ballroom at Barton Creek today was awful. But cranked up to 6400, the D3 delivers. Try that with another DSLR. (That’s The First Tee Greater Austin‘s John Ellett up there at the podium.)