Wake Up, It's Morning! Greater Snow Geese
Nothing beats spring light at the crack of dawn!
Canon 7D with the 500L F4 lens with 1.4 II Extender on monopod @ 1/800, f5.6, ISO 640, +1 exposure compensation.
Cropped to a 12 x 16 format. One small blade of vegetation cropped out. Background despeckled after a small dose of sharpening to reduce noise.
Snow Geese Bathing In The Spring's Sun's Rays
Just because I haven't added many images to my site recently doesn't mean that I haven't been active hobbling with my wobbly knees in the field.
The last few weeks have been busy with the arrival of migrating Snow Geese. The geese are presently at their peak at Cap Tourment nature management reserve before they continue their migration north.
This one was taken last night just before the sun set below the horizon. The geese flew past and under the sun's rays. The photos taken at 5:30 in the morning at dawn were equally breathtaking!
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 II extender, on a tripod @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 640, +1/3 exposure compensation.
Image tilted to level the horizon, then cropped to fit a 12 x 16 format.
Yes, for the purists, there is image noise, but I will leave it there - in my view, it adds to the texture of the image.
Northern Shovler Shoves Off
This guy heads for the hills after a dispute with another male.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld at 1/1000, f13, ISO 400, +1/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped in a good 35%. Background despeckled after sharpening. Not my best shot as concerns image sharpness, but I like the action pose.
Now if only we can stop getting late winter snow storms in Quebec City so that spring can really set in . . . !!
Dynamic Face-off - Snow Buntings
The time for winter birds has come to an end with the arrival of warmer weather and melting snow.
Canon 7D with 500L f4 lens on Jobu gimbal mounted on the Jobu Scorpion ground pod @ 1/1600, f13, ISO 400.
Cropped for an 8 x 10 frame.
Balancing Act - Snowy Owl
A little bit of a balancing act after this Snowy Owl landed on its perch.
Canon 400L f5.6L lens handheld @ 1/5000, f6.3, ISO 200, +2/3 exposure compensation.
Cropped to fit a 12 x 16 frame, backgrouind despeckled after sharpening.
King Of The Hill - Snowy Owl
I have a particular bent towards birds in flight or dynamic poses, but occasionally I like to post a nice portrait, as is the case with this Snowy Owl.
I love it when they perch on a fresh drift of snow with their claws overhanging.
Canon 100-400L f4.5/6.5 lens handheld at 1/1600, f11, ISO 200.
This was a vertical shot, so there is minimal cropping to fit a 12 x 9 framing format.
A bit of shadow in the bird's left eye reduced by dodging.
As usual, the background was despeckled after sharpening to reduce noise.
Spring-Loaded Snowy Owl
Canon 100-400L f4.5-5.6 lens handheld @ 1/2000, f6.3, ISO 200.
Horizon tilted to straighten then cropped to fit a 16 x 12 frame. A couple of darker annoying vegetation stalks clonned away. A couple of dust bunnies clonned away. Background despeckled after sharpening. Slightly re-sharpened again after reducing image for web.
Full Frontal - Snowy Owl
Canon 100-400L lens handheld @ 1/1600, f18, ISO 400, -2/3 exposure compensation.
Slight crop to straighten the horizon and to format for a 12 x 16 frame.
Severl snow reflections clonned away. I decided to leave the corn stalks. Eyes slightly lightened to reduce shadow and unveil the yellow. The sky looks a little blotchy, but that's because of a combination of the image's low optimised resolution for the gallery and colour correction- the original is okay.
Dawn Departure - Snowy Owl
Taken literally at the crack of dawn, this Snowy Owl is proof that you can't always "balance your whites" when treating a digital image.
Canon's 100-400L f4.5-5.6 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f5.6, ISO 400, + 1 1/3 exposure compensation.
Horizon straightened then cropped to a 12 x 16 framing format. One snow/lens reflection removed behind my signature.
Is there noise in this image - at full framing size? Of course there is! This image was much darker. When adding contrast and brightness, extra noise was created - remember, the sun had barely pierced the horizon!
Noise reduction applied. Even after sharpening, I despeckled the background as usual to reduce noise even more.
I lightened up the eyes a bit.
Kick Boxing, Snow Bunting-Style
The disputes between Snow Buntings are very brief and without injury but still amazing to witness.
Canon 400L f5.6 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f14, ISO 400, + 2/3 exposure compensation.
This is a 50% crop formatted for a 9 x 12 framing. The birds were off-centered to the left of the image, that is one reason why I had to crop down to centre the image properly.
When shooting two birds in dispute, I usually do not shoot tight, I prefer to crop in afterwards. These birds move so fast that it is almost impossible to get a tight shot off the bat without cutting off a wing, tail or a head.
A small clone of the upper right corner to unify the background. Background despeckled after sharpening to reduce noise.
Super Bowl Goal Post Winner - Snowy Owl
This Snowy Owl seems to be flying through the uprights at a football game.
I had a bit of difficulty deciding how to crop and frame this image - by keeping the two fence posts in symmetry or keeping the owl centered.
Canon 100-400L 4.5/5.6 lens handheld @ 1/4000, f6.3, ISO 200, +2/3 exposure compensation.
A few dust bunnies cloned away from the sky. The horizon slightly levelled. Slight dodging of the shadowy portion of the eyes. After sharpening, I despeckled the background to put more emphasis on the Snowy and to reduce noise in the blue sky.
Not The Best Of Dance Partners - Snow Buntings
Snow Buntings are so much fun to photograph.
Canon 400L f5.6 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f/16, ISO 400, + 2/3 exposure compensation.
I cropped this for a 9 x 12 framing format. The position to the left is a little tight for my taste. I could have played some Photoshop magic to extend the canvas to the left and create more background. This would have moved the bird's tail away from the left border. With more room to play with on the left, I would not need to crop in so tight to maintain the 9 x 12 format.
I might redo this image if I decide to use it in a future exhibit.