Cherry Pickin' Neighbor
Tuesday 4 August 2015 — Category: Shooting
A couple of days ago, when I was spending some hours being creative in the kitchen, I kept hearing the sound of a power tool somewhere in the neighborhood. Grumbling about no peace and quiet even on the Day of Rest, I shut all the windows and turned the stereo up louder.
When I was finally all done cooking, eating, and cleaning up, I could still hear the power tool. So I went out the back sliding-glass door to take a look. And what did I see? Two houses down, the neighbor was high in the air in a cherry picker, attacking a large branch on a huge, towering tree in his backyard.
Realizing that this was a unique photo op in the making, I ran upstairs and mounted my Panasonic 100-300mm telephoto zoom lens (200-600mm 35mm-equivalent) onto my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera. Then I went into my bedroom and opened the window from which I had already removed the screen (to facilitate photography).
It was overcast weather, and the neighbor was working in the shade, so I had to bump the ISO up to 1,600 in order to have a shutter speed fast enough to eliminate blur, due to the long focal length. Once I zoomed in all the way, I could see that he would soon cut completely through the branch he was sawing. Therefore I set the camera to high-speed continuous-shot mode so I could capture the action of the branch falling, as you can see in the second picture to the right.
During just a few minutes I took 29 photos. The best three have been added to the Homemade Images 2015 album.
If the neighbor ever decides to bring down those towing trees in his backyard, that would be a spectacular photo op. I’ll have to keep my ears open for more chain-saw activity!
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