I come to Biscayne Bay to photograph the wading birds that feed among the shallow waters. When easterly winds prevail, the grasses are pushed up against the shoreline of Biscayne Bay. Sometimes, they accumulate so much that I must carry the boat several feet through knee-deep grasses before reaching the water.
It is not easy capturing wading birds from a boat. Most often, I cannot simply anchor and stay in one spot. Rather, I have to follow the birds, sometimes over hundreds of feet. At low tide, that often means pushing my boat with some effort through very shallow waters. The grasses provide a surface to glide across, but it is not easy. The worse part is when I get into a good position with birds, they move and then I am stuck having to push myself out of the spot and work my way back into another one.
At low tide, the seagrasses disturb the surface of the water. This makes photographing wading birds challenging. Grassy debris and mangrove sprouts often compete with the main subject of a composition and many times, a photo opportunity is bypassed as a result. I began noticing patterns; the water surface almost appears like fabric with textures and colors. Rather than drawing attention away from the main subject, the grasses enhance the image with proper framing and blending.Clearly, the seagrasses are an important components to photographing birds on Biscayne Bay and I had to figure out a way to capture both the bird and the grasses.