Jean Beliveau 1931-2014
Une photo que j'ai pris de lui en 2001 ici à Québec
Where Did All the Snow Go To? Snowy Owl
Blizzard Fu Manchu Snowy Owl
Quebec City had its first good solid snow blizzard of the year yesterday, and this Snowy was part of it.
She was sporting a Fu Manchu moustache made of some vegetation stuck to her fur.
50% crop of my Canon 5d Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II, handheld in the swaying bitter cold wind blowing off the river while low on the ground.
Despite the lack of light due to the grey snow-laden clouds, my settings were pretty decent, f 5.6 @ f5.6, ISO 1250 with +1 exposure compensation. Three strands of out-of-place vegetation strands cloned away to the right of my signature.
What a camera that 5D Mark III!
As can be expected, the moment I lowered my lens because my glasses were full of blowing snow, Fu Manchu took off before my eyes and I missed the shot. Oh, well, the season is still young.
Merci pour l'accompagnement, Christian!
Fall Portrait - Snowy Owl
What can I say for this first of the 2014-15 season, the pose and colours say it all!
The Geese Of Autumn
This Greater Snow Goose is coming in for a landing on a light cloudy cold autumn day.
The line of white at the bottom of the photo is composed of geese which are in the water.
An advantage of a light cloud cover when photographing the white geese is that there is a more uniform palate of saturated colours, the whites are not washed out due to direct sunlight thereby showing more detail and you reduce harsh black shadows.
It's a mug's game, of course. Too many grey clouds renders everything dull.
Modern Moonies - Greater Snow Geese
The Fall Greater Snow Goose migration is in full swing in the Quebec City region.
Always a challenge, it's fun to try to capture the geese as they pass in front of the moon, which I managed to do late this afternoon.
This is a family of geese, two parents with their two 3-4 month-old goslings. Whether flying in line or in file, the geese usually fly with the parents on the ouside with the young in between.
Formatted to my 2:1 format to remove excess sky below and above the principle subject.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II, handheld @ 1/1000, f11, ISO 400, + 1/2 exposure compensation.
Taken with my trusty Canon 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 II Extender handheld.
I cropped it vertically from its original horizontal frame, and because of excess space above its head, I formatted to a 4/3 ratio instead of the usual 3/2.
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.