When you take your camera, and head out to make pictures, you never quite know what you're going to get. But you really hope it's not flies.
This afternoon I jumped in the truck and headed out to Pekapeka Wetlands, 10km south of Hastings. In all honesty I didn't know exactly what was out there, what I was going to find, or what sort of pictures I would come back with, but I guess that's one of the more fun things about photography, you never REALLY know what you're going to come home with on your memory card.
I had thought that being a wetlands, there would be an abundance of insects and bugs that I could finally put my nice new 100mm f2.8 macro lens to use photographing. Alas it was pretty quiet, I mean it probably didn't help that it was the middle of the day (traditionally the worst time of day to make pictures) but damnit I hadn't taken any pictures for a couple of days and I was going to come back with something.
I tried a couple of landscape shots with my 50mm f1.8, I tried using my new filters to drop the light levels so I could take a longer exposure picture of the water, but nothing really was working for me.
In the end I pretty much gave up and was heading back to the truck, but man I was getting hammered by these flies! They were really persistent and just wouldn't shoo away easily. Wait a minute... new macro lens, flies that are not afraid of me, desperate need of at least 1 picture! But I hate shooting flies because well ugh they're flies and I really hate flies. Any way I spotted 1 of them feeding on some bird droppings while another just had it's way with the first, and remembered I had promised myself I wasn't going home without at least 1 "keeper" shot.
But why did it have to be flies O_o