This Willet image was taken on August 12, 2007 which is now over seven years ago and I can easily recall how thrilled I was to photograph this shorebird. Shorebirds were the spark that ignited my passion for bird photography that continues to consume me today. I loved the light, the luminescent blue of the Gulf of Mexico, the glow of the sun on the sand and the very relaxed pose of the Willet. I loved that the bird was comfortable with my presence.
This was taken on my first DSLR; the Nikon D70, and an inexpensive lens; the Nikkor 70-300mm VR, and I still have both of those in my camera bag. I should note that this image is publication quality even though I used inexpensive gear.
I often get emails where the person writing wishes that they had the gear I have today but in all honesty quality images can be achieved with older cameras and lenses that you won’t have to save for years to purchase. It is about knowing how to use your gear and practicing often.
I was delighted with this image in 2007 and I am still delighted with it today.