Traveling down a backwood road, I came across this turkey vulture perched on the column of gate entrance. It took me a second to realize it was a real bird and not an ornament. I pulled over and in a gunslinger fashion dug the camera out bag in the backseat, switched to the telephoto lens since I knew I wouldn’t be able to get close, and started over to get a better angle while simultaneously trying to dial up the right dope. Two steps closer and the bird launched before I was ready, resulting in some desperate shots at way too low of a shutter speed. Four out of the five shots ended up being undecipherable blur, but this last one, pictured above, turned out interesting despite the technical flaws. In post-process, I had to go with a more contrasting monochrome to bring the bird out since it was camouflaged against the tree line.


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