We’ve probably all been there before – you think you’re prepared for what you’re going to be shooting, and then reality decides to toss you a curve – and, sometimes, your lens is too short.
It seems that when this happens, it simply doesn’t matter which lens you have with you. I’ve had this happen on days when I’ve had a 500mm lens and a 2X teleconverter with me. It’s just the way things go sometimes.
In this case, I was on the north shore of Kauai, and there was what we think was a juvenile Humpback heading east and breaching several times. Why, we’ll never know – but you can learn more about humpbacks breaching here. Those of us that were there would prefer to believe that this was happy breaching on a beautiful day.
So, while us humans were there taking in the spectacle, jaws agape, I decided to pick up my camera a snag a shot. And I did. With an 18-270mm fully zoomed out. Which was fine for the scenic images that I had planned to be shooting. To say that the lens was grossly inadequate for breaching whales is a minor understatement.
Without cropping, the whale looked like a black dot on a blue rippled background. So I cropped the image. A lot. Just to prove that I got a shot. Notice I did not say “THE” shot, I said “a” (note the lower case) shot.
Is it a killer shot that’s going to grace my wall? Nope, not even close.
Is it going to be my conversation-inspiring screensaver on my computer or phone? Nope, not even that good.
So, why did I keep it?
Because sometimes, it’s not about THE shot, or the quality of a shot that matters.
Sometimes, all that matters is that you got A shot that makes you smile and think back to what was happening at that moment in time.
And, sometimes, that’s all that really matters.
You can check out more whale shots here on Laughing Frog Images.
Thanks for looking!