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.
Osprey - Target Spotted
This Osprey just spotted breakfast and is in his initial turn before his dive.
I used my older Canon 7D to get some more range due to its 1.6 crop factor.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II on a monopod at 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 640, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped for composition purposes.
Balancing Act - Osprey
With the arrival of migrating Ospreys, we have the annual opportunity to catch these superb birds in action, in this case, the bird with a fish in one claw and the branch in the other.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500l f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II on monopod @ 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation for the sky.
This is a crop to eliminate many unwanted branches and the tree trunk, although it would have been okay to include them.
Street Brawl - Greater Snow Geese
It is not uncommon to see members of a family of Snow Geese attack members of another family. These disputes for territory last but a few seconds with little or no harm done.
But, in those few seconds, very dramatic poses can be captured on camera.
I used my Canon 7D instead of my 5D Mark III for the session, because I though I needed the extra 60% reach of this 1.6 crop camera versus my full-frame. The extra zoom reach was great, but did I ever get a shock when I saw how much noise there was in the .raw files as compared to the 5D Mark III! I hadn't used the 7D in a while and forgot about how much cleaner the 5D Mark III is. It's a trade-off, and most of the noise is reduced post-processing.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld at 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, -1/3 exposure compensation. Small crop to level the horizon. My usual processing, but I did apply 3% of the cooling filter 82 to reduce an overly warm photo.
Encounter With The Sun - Canada Geese
I'm often on the lookout for birds passing in front of the sun or moon when conditions are right.
Here, two Canada Geese pass in front of a setting sun which was surrounded by clouds, leaving a sort of hole. This was the best one from a burst of about 6 shots. As I tracked the birds, as soon as I start seeing the sun in the view-finder, I close my eyes to protect then, and hope that the follow-through and auto-focus does the trick. Never look at the sun directly through the lens.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f40, ISO 800, +2 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes. A multitude of mini sensor dust specks cloned away.