Ready Or Not, Here I Come - Blue Birds
I prefer catching these birds in flight without the nesting box, but I made an exception here due to the dynamic scene and interaction presented. Although I do not normally approach natural nests, the birds in this nesting box in a friend's yard are used to his comings and going.
This is a very late-in-the-evening situation, minutes before the sun set behind some trees, and my camera settings reflect this.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/640, f4, ISO 800, +2 exposure compensation. Minimal crop for composition purposes, and a bit of dodging of the hungry nestling.
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Golden Glow - Fox Pup
This cute young fox pup gives a final pose for the day. The golden glow is due to the last few minutes of light before sunset.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f6.3, ISO 400, +1/3 exposure compensation.
Tale of a Tail - Cooper's Hawk
No great tale to tell here, but it is a good-looking tail!
Cooper's Hawk caught in a late afternoon/early evening low light.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/200, f4, ISO 1600, +3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes.
Get Out Of My Way - Blue Birds
There's lots of early-morning traffic coming in and out of a Blue Bird nesting box as one parent brings in food for the young while the other parent blasts out with a fecal sac for disposal.
Canon 5 D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II on tripod @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation. Cropped in for composition purposes.
Blue Bird Bugged Out
This Blue Bird transports breakfast on the fly.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II on tripod @ 1/1000, f5.6, +2/3 exposure compensation, ISO 400.
This is an early morning shot, with the greens of a background treeline very saturated.
This is a 50% crop - not easy to get them on the fly in focus if too close with a long telephoto lens. The longer the lens, the less depth of field therefore the less chance of a decent focus even if you do manage to get the full bird in the frame. That is why I tend to keep a little further back and crop in.
Tongue Action Portrait - Fox Pup
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f10, ISO 400, +1/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped in slightly for effect.
Although my slight cropping clipped away some of the ears, I find the closer result far more dramatic because the point of interest of the shot is on the eyes and tongue.
Sunset Shinanigans - Fox Pups
The golden colours of dusk come into the fore as these two young fox pups play.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f7.1, ISO 400, +1/3 exposure compensation. Very slight crop for composition purposes.
Cute As A Button - Fox Pup
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld lying down @ 1/500, f5, ISO 640, + 1/3 exposure compensation.
Full-frame no crop, although I did tilt the image about 1-3 degrees and used the free transform tool to stretch the resulting small white space created in a corner.
Late afternoon shot with a light cloud cover in front of the sun which explains my lower shutter speed and higher ISO settings than normal.
Dance Partners - Fox Pups
These approximately 5-week-old fox pups enjoy playing with each other in a carefree manner in a warm spring sun.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld at 1/800, f7.1, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation.
Osprey Artistic Spray
Some of my photographer friends call me the King of Ca-Ca because of my humerous shots of birds doing their thing.
Here is my latest such photo - I've a reputation to maintain!
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II on monopod @ 1/1000, f6.3, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation.
Although I had my preferred 5D Mark III with me, I used the 7D for that extra 1.6 crop factor to zoom closer to the perched bird. The disadvantage is the increased background noise as compared to the superb 5D, but I used the despecking filter in Photoshop to reduce it.
Cropped a bit for composition purposes and a few annoying branches were cloned away.
Spring Lust Is In The Air - Greater Snow Geese
Mating Greater Snow Geese.
Canon 7D with the 500L f lens with 1.4 Extender II, handheld @ 1/1000. f11. ISO 400, -2/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes. Background despeckled after sharpening.