Mindful awareness of the current moment comes easy in a hunting blind or ice shanty, staring at a shooting lane or on the face of a flasher showing bait and fish through the ice below. I took a midday break for my annual eye exam today but made it back in time for the late afternoon/evening hunt. One doe yesterday and a yearling doe today, both at 4PM, just at dusk. Two more days and I am back to work, then I will have Saturday and Sunday, and that will be it for 2015. So far, my brother who is hunting at a mutual long-time family friend's camp in Atlanta, MI, has been skunked without seeing any deer at all.
The above photograph, taken from the walking/suspension bridge over the Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, was shot using High Dynamic Range technique, with three exposures. While most of my moving water work is now done with a neutral density (ND) filter, there remain some rapids that look better in HDR, this being one. How do I know? From trying it both ways numerous times and never being happy with the ND shots. Fred Picker, one of my first photographic mentors and founder of Zone VI Studios, would consistently preach to fellow photographers with questions about technique to go out in the field and learn from making exposures and taking copious notes. Fred, who was quite a curmudgeon, would be pleased to know I learned this by consistent trial and error, comparing straight straight, HDR, and ND exposusres, with all else being held constant.. The exposures are too long for this fast moving water to look decent with an ND filter (all detail is lost in the etched rock). There is no depth in a straight single exposure, so HDR it is.