I learned photography in the 1960’s (yeah, a long time ago). B&W was really the only option because every shot cost money. I did develop my own, but not often. I really didn’t like it, at all.
That said, it was a great way to learn. No room for error and you had to think. Snap shots were a waste.
Now I can get what I want, and not care about how many are trash. The purist will always say it’s not the same. I agree. It’s better.
Adobe and NIK have filters to very closely duplicate any old B&W 35 mm film. Just as good is the ability to create your own.
I used Agfa film a lot, and still have some originals. This is an Agfa APX Pro 100 filter in NIK. After Lightroom and NIK processing it’s the same thing, no smell, sat with a cup of coffee and worked.
Things, all kinds, live in these marsh waters. Most I see are the usual small fish, insect critters and such.
There are also surprises in the pluff mud.
Crabs are here, in many places but not all. Depending on the dikes brackish water is common.
There are 3 foot (1 meter) long Sirens also. They are eel looking salamanders. Only the big predators mess with them. They fight back, and sometimes win.
And then you have this ‘whatever’. It could be a shrimp.
Maybe even part of a crawfish.
I don’t think it was eaten, just banged around a little. That means whatever it was proved to be very, very, nasty.
How do they know when it’s OK? It could be an assumption since 99% of the time nothing happens.
My guess is these birds have a fair idea of a safe distance, and how the Alligator is reacting to their presence.
This photograph is a good example of what happens when marsh water is low. The short version is, everybody is crowded together.
Some other nearby marsh ponds and rice fields have water but food is easier here. A trade off considering the other occupants.
Above has a Roseate Spoonbill, Black-necked Stilt, and of course the local Alligators.
They just can’t get along together.
A Snowy in a watering hole is fine with all the other birds, just not another Snowy.
It’s usually just posturing and lots of feathers standing on end. Fun to watch.
‘A Watering Hole’.
As the water continued to lower here the Spoonbills came in closer than normal. We were along the dikes and as long as we kept to our typical spots they came and went with no problems.
This bird flew by along the dike right in front of me allowing a decent full size in flight shot.
As I work through these photographs I am amazed at how many large Alligators managed to congregate in one marsh. I am starting to see the hierarchy here though.
No small Alligators were on this side of the dike. Plenty were in the other marshes, which also had more water. They stayed on the other side.
The area above, where the animals are, is under water most months of the year. It is a small island and rookery for Night Herons.
Right now there isn’t a Night Heron anywhere near this spot. Wonder why.
So, what happens when the water in a wild marsh slowly shrinks.
Evertbody gets a little closer, sometimes very close. Here we have, gators, Spoonbill, and photographer.
It’s not always a good thing, but it is so very fascinating !
There is always one eye on the prize, one on what else is going on around you. Again here, we all paid attention.
A watering hole.