Canada Geese At The Race Track
Formatted to fit my usual 8 x 16 frame.
And yes, there is a hybrid amongst the Canada Geese!
Crack Of Dawn Bittern
While waiting for Canada Geese before sunrise, I caught this guy just as the first rays of light hit it at the crack of dawn.
Canon 5d Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Teleconverter, handheld at yes, 1/200, f5.6, ISO 1250, +4 exposure compensation.
As you can see by my settings, there was very little light, even less with the 1.4 Teleconverter attached, but I somehow managed not to shake too much for use at 1/200.
Small crop for composition purposes. Despeckle filter used to reduce noise.
Olympic Trials - Canada Geese
No digital zoom here, just the unwanted top third of the image cropped away horizontally.
Last Quick Peek At Dusk - Snowy Owl
Taken last February at sunset and now serves as a reminder that winter is not that far away.
But in the meanwhile, the Fall migration also brings great photo opportunities.
Airborne Squak Box - Canada Goose
Wood Duck A-Go-Go
Anticipation of an action due to observation helps in capturing ducks in movement. This duck was giving me signs that it wanted to take off, therefore I immediately pre-focused to wait for that "decisive moment" . . .
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens and 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/800, f 5.6, ISO 640, + 1/3 exposure compensation. Cropped for composition purposes.
Autumn Is Around The Corner - Canada Geese
The Canada Geese are back to their autumn staging site. Here, they takeoff early in the morning to fly off to their daily feeding ground.
Lunchtime At the Coopers
This young bird munches on its prey. The bird is covering its food to protect it against his siblings (called mantling, as photog friend Chuck Kling reminded me recently) who are more than eager to make off with it!
As usual when with these birds, the lighting situation was very poor. I unfortunately had to play clone-and-burn with portions of the background to remove overexposed white-patches that appeared through a few of the leaves and that were made worse by brightening up the image. As I don't normally do much background corrections, I can use more practice and experience.
Due to low light, the green-yellow reflections and tinting of the image was very strong. Although I did manage to reduce it, some still remains. My Canon 5D Mark III camera is a godsend.
Defensive Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
This young Cooper's Hawk spreads his wings to cover his food to hide it from his brothers and sisters while warning them off. A parent had just dropped fresh food for them and he was the first to make off with it.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/400, f4, ISO 800, +4 exposure compensation.
Full-frame, no crop. Although it doesn't appear as so, there was little light available which explains my camera settings, These fledglings, who left their nest a couple of weeks ago, are readily approachable and simply ignore you.