This photo opportunity just came upon me as I was exiting the Cape Ann Museum a couple of weeks ago. I was on assignment shooting the installation of a Walker Hancock replica of his famous Pennsylvania Railroad WWll Memorial which is of an angel going up to heaven holding a fallen soldier. It's quite striking and an amazing piece. This was a fun assignment and I got some really interesting photos using the M9 and the Sony Nex-7 with Leica glass. One of them is below. But that is not what this blog post is about. Always having the M9 with me has been something of a revelation. Even though I have been a photographer my whole life I have not had a camera with me all the time. Doing so I have been able to shoot more and get some really interesting images so far this year.
As I walked out of the museum this image caught me by surprise. The clouds were very interesting and I was drawn to it right away. I had the 90mm Tele-Elmarit mounted on the camera and the camera set on aperture priority so the camera figured out the exposure at f 2.8. Normally I would not shoot something like this at 1/4000 sec. at f2.8 but I was shooting inside the museum at a high ISO at f2.8. When I got outside I adjusted the ISO down to 200 while I was walking out the door. I looked up and saw the seagull coming in and the clouds over city hall. I instantly turned the lens barrel to infinity and got the shot. I really wanted the seagull in another place but he would not cooperate.
Sony Nex-7 with Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit vers.1Cape Ann sculptor Daniel Altschuler smooths the joint between the wings and the rest of the body on the scale model of Gloucester sculptor Walker Hancock's famed "Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial" at the Cape Ann Museum Thursday, July 17, 2014.